SW Va. man sentenced for federal sex crimes

Matthew Lane • Feb 2, 2018 at 5:15 PM

GREENEVILLE — A Southwest Virginia man who pretended to be a 13-year-old girl online has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for federal sex crimes.

Timothy Lynn Rutherford pleaded guilty to the following charges in September.

— Attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity (10 years to life in prison).

— Failing to register as a sex offender (five to 30 years in prison).

Rutherford appeared in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Thursday and received the following sentence: 180 months in prison on the enticement charge and 60 months on the failing to register charge.

According to court records, Rutherford was convicted of enticing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity in 2000 while living in Oklahoma and was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison.

After serving his time and being released, Rutherford then moved to Southwest Virginia. While there, he was convicted twice of failing to register as a convicted sex offender, court records state.

In June 2014, court records show, Rutherford moved from Virginia to Tennessee, where he lived until September 2014. At that time, he moved to Putnam County, Florida, and was then arrested in February 2016.

Prosecutors say that while he lived in Tennessee for three months, Rutherford never registered as a sex offender, nor did he update his information with Virginia officials.

According to the plea agreement, Rutherford went on the Internet while living in hotels in Tennessee and pretended to be a 13-year-old girl named Kelly Rollins and attempted to contact minors for the purpose of illegal sexual activity.

Court records state Rutherford e-mailed, texted and sent instant messages with someone he thought was a young girl, but was actually a detective with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors say Rutherford engaged in overtly sexual communications with the detective and attempted to induce and entice the person to have sexual intercourse.

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