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Alleged attraction to minors halts bond



He’s not a registered sex offender and has no sex offense convictions, but a Dublin man’s alleged attraction to minors prevented him from receiving a bond on seven charges of probation violation.

Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Dina Branco said this is the third time Jason Corey O’Neal, 36, has been charged with violating probation on past convictions of forgery, fraud and passing bad checks. She says the violations stem from O’Neal’s failure to comply with restrictions placed on him years ago after he admitted he is sexually attracted to minors.

The restrictions, which typically apply to sex offenders, prohibit O’Neal from having contact with females under the age of 18 and from having access to the internet or telephones. Nevertheless, Branco says, O’Neal recently was found to have a telephone that showed he had contacted a minor, had been on social media and allegedly was posing as a female child on chat rooms intended for children.

“There were images on the phone that may lead to further criminal charges,” Branco told Circuit Court Judge Bradley Finch. She said authorities are still in the process of downloading the images for inspection.

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