‘He claimed to be a British citizen’: Chesterfield man bribed 18-year-old girl to file false sex assault report

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Police in Chesterfield County have arrested a man who allegedly bribed an 18-year-old female to file a false sexual assault report against another person.

“We don’t see cases like this everyday,” Chesterfield County Police sergeant Michael Agnew told 8News Wednesday.

The investigation indicates that 33-year-old Joshua C. Brady offered the 18-year-old female money to file a false report against a 17-year-old male who Brady knew.

Police say Brady is also going by the alias, Joshua Weston, and used social media to trick the teen.

“He claimed to be a British citizen, a college student and also that he was very wealthy,” Agnew said.

Police say Brady then promised the teen additional money when the report was filed and after she testified in court.

Police have reason to believe there are more victims.

“We do believe that there is a possibility that there are other victims, and that’s why we’re asking anybody to come forward,” Agnew said.

Agnew told 8News this is a good reminder for parents to watch out for suspicious activity on social media.

“Brady had been in communication with multiple juvenile females via social media and the internet,” Agnew said. “It’s a reminder of people to be careful on their social media – to monitor their children.”

Chesterfield officials are currently working with the commonwealth’s attorney to see if charges will be filed against the 18-year-old girl.

Anyone with information, or who believes they may have been a victim of Brady, should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251.

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