- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 25, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Jeffrey Nichols, the man accused of luring a Richmond teenager into meeting him and running away, was arrested yesterday.

Mr. Nichols, 57, was seen sitting in his parked car by an anonymous tipster in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Henrico County.

“Henrico police officers arrested him, and he was immediately turned over to Richmond police,” said Kirsten Nelson, a spokeswoman for the Richmond Police Department, which has been looking for Mr. Nichols for more than a month.

Monica Sharp, 17, whom Mr. Nichols met over the Internet, returned home Monday unharmed and of her own free will. Police have questioned the teen and will not press charges.

Monica disappeared from her Richmond home Sept. 18 while taking her dog for a walk. Her dog returned home without her the next day.

“It’s always been our assumption that she went willingly,” Miss Nelson said.

Police think Mr. Nichols brought Monica home.

Mr. Nichols has been charged with use of a communications system to facilitate certain offenses involving children, which is a felony.

Monica went missing two weeks after Virginia Commonwealth University student Taylor Marie Behl, also 17, disappeared. Miss Behl’s remains, described as mostly skeletal, were found behind an abandoned farmhouse in Mathews County, Va., on Oct. 5, a month after she vanished.

Benjamin Fawley, 38, an amateur photographer who was known to have had sexual relations with Miss Behl, is suspected in the case. He is being held by Richmond police on unrelated child pornography and gun charges and has not been charged in Miss Behl’s death. A cause of death has not been released.

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