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Arizona Man Sentenced to 210 Months for Attempting to Entice 13-Year-Old Girl

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2010

(Norfolk, Va) - Jesse Lee Wise, age 25, of Arizona, was sentenced today to 210 months in prison, followed by a lifetime period of supervised release, for attempting to entice a teenage girl from Chesapeake, Va.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Office of Investigations in Washington, D.C., and Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith.

“This case is every parent’s nightmare, and it’s fortunate that the victim’s parents came to the Virginia State Police when they did,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “We hope every parent is just as vigilant in protecting their children from online sexual predators, and that they will come to us so we can put men like Mr. Wise behind bars for a very long time.”

“This sentencing sends a message that those who prey on innocent children will be held accountable for their actions,” said ICE Special Agent in Charge Torres. “We are committed to protecting our communities from child sexual predators as evidenced by the united efforts of ICE and the local law enforcement community.”

Wise pled guilty on Sept. 28, 2009 to attempted enticement of a minor.  According to court documents and information provided in open court at sentencing, Wise began contacting a 13-year-old girl living in Chesapeake, Va., via MySpace messages and telephone.  After the teen’s mother learned of these conversations, she contacted the Virginia State Police and authorized them to assume her daughter’s online identity.  From May 2009 until July 2009, Wise routinely discussed engaging in sexual acts with the undercover posing as the thirteen year old girl. 

On July 10, 2009, Wise boarded a Greyhound bus in Nevada and traveled for three days before arriving in Virginia.  Wise pitched a tent outside of the Chesapeake Public Library and used the library computers to continue to solicit the teenager.  On July 17, 2009, authorities arrested Wise at the library while he was engaged in an instant messaging chat with the undercover posing as the minor. 

Further investigation revealed that Wise also solicited three other underage girls and successfully pressured a 16-year-old girl to take nude photographs of herself and send them to him.

The Virginia State Police conducted the initial investigation and the Chesapeake Police Department assisted in the arrest. After the initial investigation, ICE assumed jurisdiction of the case for further investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Melissa E. O’Boyle is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

 

 

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