virginia beach man sentenced to 35 years in prison for attempted enticement and child pronography charges
NORFOLK, Va. - Alan Paul Strieper, 25, of Virginia Beach, Va., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 35 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for attempted enticement and child pornography charges. 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), Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington D.C., made the announcement after Strieper was sentenced by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. Strieper previously pled guilty to the charges on June 11, 2010.
“This case represents every parent’s worst nightmare: a sexual predator who sought to snatch a small child off the streets, planning to rape and murder his young victim,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Court papers note that Alan Strieper was caught laughing at the prospect of becoming a serial child molester. Strieper is a dangerous sexual predator who will now spend the next 35 years behinds bars where he can no longer threaten small children” he added.
“Today’s sentencing demonstrates the consequences awaiting those who sexually exploit innocent children,” said John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge for ICE. “ICE and our law enforcement partners are dedicated to protecting our communities from child sex predators by identifying and arresting the perpetrators.”
According to court records and statements made in open court, in late November 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, rape and murder a child as young as a newborn. 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, Missouri to Norfolk on February 5, 2010 to put the kidnapping plan into action. ICE agents arrested Strieper when he arrived at the Norfolk International Airport to pick up the undercover source. A search of Strieper’s rental car revealed that Strieper previously had purchased duct tape, Clorox bleach, latex gloves and other cleaning products, and a red Elmo doll.
A forensic evaluation of Strieper’s computer revealed a substantial amount of child pornography. The child pornography found on Strieper’s computer involved the violent rape and molestation of prepubescent children. A review of Strieper’s cell phones after arrest further demonstrated that Strieper actively communicated with at least three minor boys in an attempt to entice each of them to engage in illegal sexual activity.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant United States Attorneys Melissa E. O’Boyle and Elizabeth Yusi are 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.