Case against Chesapeake Fire lieutenant moves to federal court

Documents outline texts between Thomas Almberg and a minor

Thomas Almberg (Photo: Chesapeake Police Department)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The case against a Chesapeake Fire lieutenant accused of having inappropriate communications with a minor is moving to federal court.

Thomas Almberg, 49, was talking with a 15-year-old boy — who was portraying himself as a 16-year-old girl — who lived in Michigan over the course of three months, according to investigators.

Almberg was charged 10 counts of using a communication device to solicit a minor and indecent liberties with a minor stemming from his arrest in May.

Read: Thomas Almberg Affidavit

Investigators say Almberg never met the teen, but an affidavit filed Monday outlines in detail a series of sexually explicit text messages between Almberg and the teen.

In an excerpt of the texts, Almberg requests a picture of the teen and talks about engaging with her in various sexual acts.

Fire lieutenant accused of inappropriate communication with a minor

Investigators say the Wyoming Police Department in Michigan contacted Chesapeake police in April about an investigation into these communications.

Almberg was identified based on information he reportedly shared with the teen, including his name, his recent promotion to lieutenant with the Chesapeake Fire Department and the names and ages of his children.

He was brought in for questioning by Chesapeake police on May 25.

In an interview with authorities, Almberg admitted to talking to the purported 16-year-old girl from Michigan as well as another 16-year-old.

Almberg said he had recently gone to Elizabeth City to meet her at a restaurant where she worked. He was arrested following this May interview.

This second victim was interviewed in May as well, and admitted that she had sent sexually explicit images of herself to Almberg after he had requested them. She told authorities she had received sexually explicit images from Almberg.

The case was moved to federal court in a hearing this week.

Almberg has been with the fire department for 17 years, and is currently on leave.

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