A former Roanoke TV reporter will spend the next seven years behind bars for soliciting a minor online.
36-year-old Jarrett Henshaw pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in a Harrisonburg courtroom to a felony charge of soliciting a minor.
Henshaw, was arrested in March by Virginia State Police, who said he was running a private, online chat room where he engaged with numerous unknown minors.
In a statement made in April following Henshaw’s arrest, State Police said Henshaw communicated with an agent assigned to the Northern Virginia – Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
According to the statement, the agent was posing as an underage girl as part of an undercover, online operation.
A judge sentenced Henshaw to 30 years in prison Monday, with 23 years suspended.
In exchange for his guilty plea, two additional felony counts of soliciting a minor were dropped by the court.
Henshaw worked for WSLS (NBC) from 2004 until the time of his arrest and appeared on-air as a reporter between 2009 and 2012.