Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Man accused of soliciting explicit videos from James City County girl

A Missouri man is accused of soliciting child pornography from a girl in James City County.

Authorities identified the man as 57-year-old Thomas Collura. He is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child, production of child pron and use of electronic means to solicit child porn.

The girl’s parents went to James City County Police when they suspected their daughter, 13, was having inappropriate conversations with a man.

Authorities said Collura communicated with the girl via text messages and other online means.

Police say messages from Collura encouraged the girl to create pornographic videos. Court filings say the girl created more than 140 videos for Collura.

He was arrested last month and brought to Virginia on Friday. It’s unclear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

John Mangalonzohttp://wydaily.com
John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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