Accused cyber-solicitor 'friended' 100 local underage girls
Today UVA police announced the arrest of 24-year-old Daniel Wayne Widdowfield, a shop worker for the UVA athletics department, on three felony charges of contacting someone he thought to be a female minor for sexual purposes. Apparently, had Widdowfield been successful in his alleged solicitation, the girl would not have been the first to become acquainted with him.
A look at Widdowfield's profile (log-in required) on social-networking website Facebook.com reveals that, while Widdowfield has yet to be convicted of anything, he counts at least 100 local underage girls among his 219 "friends," including students from Albemarle, Monticello, Western Albemarle, and Charlottesville High School. In fact, according to Widdowfield's profile, a rising sophomore girl from Spotswood High School in Rockingham County became friends with Widdowfield just before noon today, and on Tuesday he "sent a kitten" to a Fluvanna County High School sophomore girl using the site's "Thinking of You" function.
WINA reports that Widdowfield is currently in custody at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.