Former Norfolk prosecutor gets 10 years in prison for trying to lure teen online

Jane Harper, The Virginian-Pilot
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A former Norfolk prosecutor was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison after admitting to trying to lure someone he thought was a teen into sharing inappropriate photos online.

Timothy Scott Carnes pleaded guilty to all 26 counts he faced, according to court records. The charges included trying to take indecent liberties with a child, and using a communication system to try to engage in certain offenses with children.

Carnes was sentenced by Norfolk Circuit Judge Michelle Atkins. The case was prosecuted by an assistant commonwealth’s attorney from Suffolk.

The 42-year-old was charged last year after communicating repeatedly online with a Norfolk police detective he thought was a 14-year-old girl named Brittney. The two messaged each other through an online chatroom called “No Rules-just kin.ky ...,” at least 13 times, police said.

During their conversations, Carnes sent videos of him masturbating, and tried to coax the teen into sending him photos of her.

Carnes worked as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Norfolk from 2004 to 2008, and as a lawyer for the Social Security Administration after that, according to his LinkedIn profile. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary in 2000 and a law degree from the University of Richmond in 2004.

In April, he consented to having his law license revoked, according to Virginia State Bar disciplinary records.

Jane Harper, 757-222-5097, jane.harper@pilotonline.com

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