Virginia Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Enticement and Child Pornography Charges
NORFOLK, Va. – Alan Paul Strieper, 25, of Virginia Beach, Va. pled guilty today in Norfolk federal court to attempted enticement, receipt of child pornography, and possession of material containing child pornography.
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) in Washington, D.C., made the announcement after Strieper’s guilty plea was accepted by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. Strieper will be sentenced on Sept. 7, 2010, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each count and a lifetime of supervised release.
“Today, Alan Strieper admitted he planned to kidnap and rape a child,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Thanks to the hard work of ICE agents, we were able to arrest him before he could carry out his plans. My Office is committed to ensuring sexual predators are caught and unable to victimize others.”
“This disturbing case strengthens our resolve to protect our community from predators who go to great lengths to sexually exploit young children,” said ICE Special Agent in Charge Torres. “ICE will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify these child predators and bring them to justice."
According to court records, on approximately Dec. 1, 2009, Strieper began engaging in chat sessions with an undercover federal source about Strieper’s interest in child pornography and engaging in sexual acts with children. Over the next two months, Strieper discussed with the undercover source his desire to kidnap and rape a child as young as two years old. Strieper eventually asked the undercover source to travel to meet him so that together they could kidnap and rape a child. During subsequent chats, the undercover source agreed to fly from St. Louis, Mo., to Norfolk on Feb. 5, 2010 to put the kidnapping plan into action. Federal agents arrested Strieper when he arrived at the Norfolk airport to pick up the undercover source.
Upon searching his vehicle after Strieper’s arrest, ICE agents found two rolls of duct tape, a pre-paid Tracfone, rubber gloves, sponges, bleach and other cleaning materials, several bottles of unknown pills, and a stuffed Elmo doll.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Office of Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Melissa O’Boyle is prosecuting the case for the United States.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.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.