Further charges filed against alleged online predator

- The Boone Police Department has filed additional charges in connection to an previously closed online child predator investigation. 

Investigators said they observed a suspicious ad on a popular website. The posted ad indicated that a male was seeking a “young and inexperienced” girl. 

Police said they feared this ad could be a predator looking for children online. A Boone police detective posed as a 14-year-old girl and responded to the ad. 

The poster interacted with the undercover investigator and despite being led to believe that he was interacting with a 14-year-old girl, he arranged a meeting in Boone for sexual purposes. When officers saw the suspect travel to the meeting location on the arranged date and time, they approached him and conducted an interview.

Police said the interview led to the suspect’s arrest. They said a search of the suspect’s vehicle led to the seizure of items of evidence that further indicated the suspect was there for sexual purposes.

Upon confronting the suspect, Terry Lynn Campbell II, investigators said they were able to positively identify him for the first time in the investigation.

After this arrest was made, an investigation into Campbell’s other online activities began. Police said this investigation led the Boone Police Department to charge Campbell with additional felony violations.

Boone police filed the additional charges on Wednesday February 3, 2016. Campbell was arrested at the Watauga Detention Center.

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