Jeffrey Michael Lazenby, 32, of Prince Edward County was sentenced yesterday to five years’ imprisonment with an additional 85 years suspended for using an electronic communications system to solicit a minor. In addition to his prison sentence, Lazenby will be required to register as a sex offender. Attorney General Mark R. Herring, whose prosecutors handled the case, made the announcement after Lazenby was sentenced by Prince Edward County Circuit Court Judge Donald Blessing.
“Another dangerous predator is off our streets thanks to the hard work and collaboration between my team and local law enforcement,” said Attorney General Herring. “Those who take advantage of children in these disgusting ways must be brought to justice and my office and I will continue working to make sure men like this are placed behind bars.”
Lazenby pleaded guilty in September 2018 to nine counts of using a computer to solicit a minor. According to evidence presented at the plea hearing, in May 2017, Lazenby was identified by administrators at Quioccasin Middle School in Henrico County, where he was a band teacher, through an anonymous email naming him as the perpetrator of inappropriate contact with a minor. Upon notifying law enforcement, investigators interviewed Lazenby, who admitted to communicating with the minor. Further evidence showed that Lazenby met the minor on an adult sex chat website, initially believing her to be over 18 years old. After moving their chats to Facebook Messenger, the minor revealed that she was actually a 16 year-old living in Pennsylvania. Lazenby acknowledged her age and regularly instructed her to perform sexual acts between March and May 2017.
This case was investigated by the Henrico County Police Department and Virginia State Police, as part of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, along with assistance from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Assistant Attorney General Melissa Chong of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with cooperation from the Prince Edward Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.