Roanoke man arrested on child solicitation charges

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ROCKINGHAM CO., Va. (WDBJ7) A Roanoke man and former WSLS-TV journalist is facing child solicitation charges, according to Virginia State Police.

Jarett D. Henshaw, 35, of Roanoke was arrested March 27 on three felony counts of online solicitation of a minor in Rockingham County, Virginia.

According to a statement from Virginia State Police, The Northern Virginia – Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force discovered Henshaw was coordinating a private, online chat room where he interacted with "many" minors.

State Police say ICAC initiated an undercover online operation in which they created a profile of an underage female. Virginia State Police say Henshaw solicited the ICAC Task Force Investigator, posing as the underage female.

Henshaw was a photographer for the WSLS-TV news department and appeared on air as a reporter between 2009 and 2012. In recent years he sold advertising for the television station's sales department.

Henshaw is no longer employed by WSLS-TV, according to the station's human resources manager. She declined to say when Henshaw's employment with the station ended.

Henshaw is currently out of jail on bond.