York woman charged with producing child porn, texting photos to jailed sex offender

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Nicole Prevatt (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Nicole Prevatt (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A 37-year-old York County woman is facing charges after police say she texted images of herself performing sex acts on two boys to a male friend, who is now serving time at a North Carolina prison for an unrelated sex offense.

Police arrested Nicole Prevatt on Feb. 9 and charged her with indecent liberties with a child, abuse of children, two counts of forcible sodomy, produce, distribute or finance child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to a York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

In a Feb. 1 meeting with authorities, Prevatt admitted to taking the images and sending them to Pender Correctional Institution inmate Jeffery T. Burns, court documents state. The facility is located in Burgaw, N.C. Documents do not state when Prevatt allegedly sent the photos to Burns.

The same day Prevatt admitted to the alleged offense, investigators seized a cell phone, laptop, sheets and a desk fan from Prevatt’s house on Old Wormley Creek Road, a search warrant states.

Since Prevatt’s Feb. 9 arrest, police believe Burns and a second inmate, Samuel Ellis, have sent her letters discussing the active criminal investigation, giving advice on how she should proceed, court documents state. The letters from the men were handed over to police by a person who had access to Prevatt’s P.O. box, car and house, documents state.

Both men were incarcerated at Pender Correctional Institution for sex offenses involving minors, according to a North Carolina inmate information database. WYDaily was unable to locate any court records indicating either man is charged in connection with the case against Prevatt.

Burns is serving a 15 year and ten month sentence for second degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to the inmate information database. He was convicted in October 2016. News reports state Burns was arrested after police found child pornography images on his cell phone. The database also shows Ellis is serving a 30 year and 9 month sentence from statutory rape conviction in 2006.

The search warrants said authorities were searching for “statements or admissions regarding the events of the crimes of possession and/or production of child pornography.” 

According to documents, one letter dated March 1 contained a note written on the back, reading “Very Inportant [sic]…Nicole. [Redacted] please Forward If You Get It. Alot [sic] depends On This Letter And Its Reply.”

Jeffery Burns (left) and Samuel Ellis (Courtesy North Carolina inmate database)
Jeffery Burns (left) and Samuel Ellis (Courtesy North Carolina inmate database)

A letter from Ellis to Prevatt contained a drawing of a cartoon dog crying in a blue square, and the words “I Miss You!” written in the top part of the square, documents state.

Prevatt is being held without bond at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail in Williamsburg.

Editor’s note: Names of those who are referenced in search warrants, but have not been charged or incarcerated, have been redacted.

Sarah Fearing may be reached at sarah.f@localvoicemedia.com.