Solicitation of a Minor - Public Assistance Requested

Thursday, December 16, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – In August 2021, Detectives assigned to the Virginia Beach Police Department’s (VBPD) Special Investigations Bureau acted on a tip they received from investigators in Florida and began an undercover investigation of an adult male. The male was using “Kik Messenger” to communicate with underage girls. The suspect was identified as Brett Andrews of the 1500 block of Bradford Road in Virginia Beach.

While chatting on “Kik,” Andrews solicited an undercover detective, who he believed to be a 14-year-old female, to perform sexual acts on herself. In addition, Andrews sent nude photos of himself to the undercover detective.

On December 14, 2021, with the assistance of the VBPD Special Operations Bureau and the United States Department of Homeland Security, VBPD detectives took Andrews into custody and executed a search warrant at his residence. Andrews was remanded to the custody of the US Marshals where he was held under the federal charges of: (1) Persuade, Induce, Entice or Coerce a Child to Engage in Sexual Activity and (2) Transfer of Obscene Material to a Child Under the Age of 16 Years Old.

Based on admissions by Andrews, we have reason to believe he had inappropriate and illegal interactions with minors in the City of Virginia Beach. This case remains under active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to come forward and contact the Special Investigations Bureau at 757-427-1749 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.