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UPDATE: Man arrested for soliciting a minor for sex appears in court

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Johnnie Ray Champ of Princeton, WV is accused of trying tohave sex with a 5-year-old girl. Johnnie Ray Champ of Princeton, WV is accused of trying tohave sex with a 5-year-old girl.
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A Princeton man arrested in Beckley for trying to have sex with a 5-year-old girl appears in court for a preliminary hearing.

Johnnie Ray Champ, 44, arrested earlier this month by Beckley Police officers was in Raleigh County Magistrate Court Wednesday.

Beckley Police Detective Morgan Bragg testified in front of Magistrate Massie and told the court about the details leading up to the arrest.

Bragg said the Beckley woman called police last month after she met Champ on a Plenty of Fish and he expressed interest in having sex with her 5-year-old daughter.

In an attempt to have Champ arrested, Bragg said the woman agreed for Champ to come to her home.

The two exchanged a few text messages and around midnight on June 9th, he showed up as planned to her apartment.

According to Detective Bragg, police arrived on scene shortly after and took both the mother and Champ to the station for statements.

A few weeks later, police were able to seize Champ's cell phone and get a warrant for his arrest.

Magistrate Massie ruled there was enough probable cause against Champ for the case to move on to a grand jury.

Champ is being held in Southern Regional Jail on $250,000 bond.

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An arrest was made by Beckley Police in a disturbing case where a man was trying to hook up to have sex with a 5-year-old girl. Johnnie Ray Champ, 44, of Princeton was arrested on July 1, 2014 and charged with Soliciting a Minor on a Computer and Attempt to Commit a Felony. 
The mother of the girl, Katie Dolinger, had met Champ on the dating web site "Plenty of Fish," but according to the criminal complaint, when he met her, Champ told Dolinger that he was not interested because she was too old.  According to Dolinger, Champ asked her to find him someone younger to have sex with.  The investigation showed that there was a conversation through text messages where, Champ learned that Dolinger had a five-year-old daughter, and that he asked Dolinger to arrange for him to have a sexual encounter with her.  In a statement to police, Dolinger said that she was repulsed by the request, but agreed to go along with Champ's requests as a part of an effort to report him to police. 


Champ came to Dolinger's home on Ewart Ave at around midnight on June 9, 2014.  Dolinger had previously arranged to have three male friends inside the home before Champ arrived.  In the complaint, Champ agreed to pay $104 to have an hour with the girl alone. When he was headed upstairs, the men who were in the home asked Champ to leave and Dolinger called police.


Both Dolinger and Champ went to the police station and gave statements.  As a part of the investigation, police officers went through the text messages and were able to gather enough evidence to arrest Champ on July 1, 2014.  Police were also able to get a warrant to look through Champ's phone, where they were able to confirm that he had repeatedly requested pictures of Dolinger's five-year-old daughter with "nothing on."


Champ is being held in the Southern Regional Jail.  His bond is set at $250,000.