Federal Officials Arrest Northampton Man for Attempted Enticement of Minor to Produce Child Pornography
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a Northampton County man has been charged with attempting to entice a minor to produce child pornography.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, federal officials arrested Alan Stroppa, age 45, from Bath, Pennsylvania, through an undercover sting operation. Beginning in January 2012, Stroppa began communicating online with an undercover law enforcement agent acting as a 12-year-old girl.
From January 2012 through June 13, 2012, Stroppa regularly communicated via the internet and text messages with the “girl”. During that time, Stroppa attempted to entice the “girl” to produce a sexually explicit video and photographs of herself. Pursuant to Stroppa’s requests, the purported videos were sent through the mail to a Northampton business. On June 14, 2012, Stroppa accepted the package when delivered and was arrested shortly thereafter by federal and local law enforcement. He was charged by criminal complaint with attempting to entice a minor to produce child pornography and attempting to use the mail or internet to have a minor engage in sexual activity. Stroppa has been released from custody pending subsequent federal proceedings.
U.S. Attorney Smith requests that anyone with information related to this case please contact United States Postal Inspector Michael Corricelli at 717-257-5581.
The case is being investigated by United States Postal Inspectors with assistance from the Office of Homeland Security Investigations and Northampton Police Department. The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Consiglio.
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