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South Jersey Retiree Indicted for Attempting to Transmit Obscenity to a Minor

August 28, 2012

WILMINGTON, Del. - Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in Delaware returned an indictment charging Harry F. Troupe, age 65, of Sewell, New Jersey with attempted transfer of obscene matter to a minor. If convicted, Troupe faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. He also will be required to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives, works or attends school.

In February 2012, Troupe came to the attention of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Special Agent who was posing online as a 14-year-old girl. According to court filings, Troupe, a retiree, offered to “teach” the fictitious minor about sexual activity and asked to meet her in person to engage in sexual activity. Over 3 months, Troupe engaged the fictitious minor in a number of video chats during which Troupe repeatedly transmitted images and videos of adult pornography to the fictitious minor to illustrate how to perform different sex acts. In the same sessions, Troupe transmitted live views of himself performing a sex act. Troupe also asked the fictitious minor to take nude photographs of her genitals and to transmit them to him via the Internet. Troupe has been detained since his August 2, 2012 arrest by federal agents.

This case is being investigated by U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward J. McAndrew.

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