|Robert B. Rennie Jr.|
A man working for the Department of Homeland Security, was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting at least 70 children, according to police reports.
The 43-year-old allegedly used Facebook to solicit more than 70 area children for sexual acts, according to authorities.
Robert B. Rennie Jr., a Loudoun County resident, with five counts of using a computer to solicit a child under age 15, after a school resource officer was alerted to suspicious activity at a Mercer Middle School student's Facebook page.
The student, a young girl, had accepted a friend request from someone she thought was a Mercer classmate. The request came from an account by the name of Kyle Kirts, according to the Office of the Loudoun County Sheriff.
The girl's parents alerted school officials that "Kirts" had asked the girl to perform sex acts in conversations on Facebook, authorities said. The school in turn alerted the sheriff's office.
An investigation revealed that Rennie, who worked for the National Agency for Protection and Programs Directorate, was the only user of the fictional account. Under the name of Kirts, he had befriended mostly young girls.
Authorities said Rennie would contact the girls on Facebook and ask them to use Skype, an Internet video calling service, for sexual purposes, although it is unclear whether any of the victims followed his requests. Many of the girls attended Mercer Middle School in Loudoun County.
Rennie is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.