CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A search warrant obtained by 8News has revealed disturbing online messages exchanged between a Chesterfield County police officer and an investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl.
Simeon Isaiah Crispin Steers-Smith, 30, was charged after investigators from the Hanover Sheriff’s Office and members of both the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children and FBI Child Exploitation Task Forces executed a search warrant on March 22.
The search warrant revealed a lengthy conversation Steers-Smith allegedly had with the “undercover persona used as a 14-year-old female that was named ‘Krystal’” through a web-based anonymous chat site Omegle.com.
According to the affidavit, the conversation started with the ‘Stranger,’ referencing Steers-Smith, asking “hi asl [age, sex, location].“
‘You,’ which references the investigator, responded with “hey 14 f Richmond.“ The officer then responds, “30 m Richmond…is that ok?“, the affidavit shows.
According to the affidavit, Steers-Smith asked the teen what she looked like. He then allegedly goes on to ask “do you have a pic you can send me?“
After the conversation turned sexually explicit, Steer-Smith told the teen “I’ll rent a room at a hotel,“ the affidavit revealed.
The investigator then used a web-based geolocation tool to track the rough location of the IP address to the Richmond-area. Then, he was able to get some information from another chat app called Kik that he linked to the same IP address.
According to the affidavit, the investigator contacted Verizon about the location of the IP address. Investigators learned a Chesterfield County Police officer lived at that location with his wife. Investigators found pictures of the officer on his wife’s Facebook page.
Investigator contacted “Stranger“ again, this time on Snapchat, pretending to be the same 14-year-old girl and asked for a picture. “Stranger“ sent a photo, and investigators compared it to the Facebook photos and determined they were the same man, the affidavit revealed.
Authorities arrested Steers-Smith on March 22 — the same day as the search warrant.
Chesterfield Police Chief Col. Jeffrey Katz spoke about the arrest last week during a press conference.
“I am both disturbed and disgusted by the actions alleged and I want to say clearly and unequivocally, that there is no place for such conduct by anyone in our agency, in our profession, or frankly in our community,” Katz said.
Steers-Smith is facing three felony counts of use of a communications system to facilitate certain offenses involving children.