ROANOKE — A youth pastor at a church in Hopewell has been charged in Montgomery County with soliciting a 12-year-old girl online.
Deric Wallace Peacock, 30, of Chesterfield County was arraigned Wednesday morning in Montgomery County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on five counts of using a communication system to facilitate certain offenses involving children, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nael Abouzaki said.
Abouzaki said Peacock is charged under a subsection of that code, which states that the offender exposed himself to the child and/or proposed an act to the child.
At the time of his arrest, Peacock was the youth pastor at South Hopewell Church of God. The incidents are alleged to have occurred between May 15 and 22, Abouzaki said.
Peacock was arrested Friday after an undercover investigation by the Christiansburg Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit.