Colonial Heights Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography and Enticement of a Child
RICHMOND, Va. – Robert Kropp, 26, of Colonial Heights, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to one count of using a means or facility of interstate commerce to coerce or entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, and one count of receipt of child pornography.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Jeffrey C. Mazanec, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson.
Kropp was faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, up to life imprisonment, when he is sentenced on August 2, 2013.
In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Kropp admitted that in March 2013, he began communicating with a woman who had advertised herself on the internet as a 19 year old prostitute. Kropp asked the woman if she knew of anyone younger with whom he could engage in sexual activity. The woman’s account was later taken over by law enforcement, who continued to communicate with Kropp while posing as the female. During these conversations, Kropp indicated a desire to meet with an individual that he believed to be the prostitute’s 13 year old cousin to engage in sexual activity. Kropp then began communicating via text message with the purported 13 year old year, including sending sexually suggestive messages and images to the minor. On March 7, 2013, Kropp arrived at a hotel in Richmond where he believed he would be meeting the 13 year old to engage in sexual activity. Kropp was subsequently arrested, and in an interview with law enforcement, admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography as well.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Henrico County Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Mickelson 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.justice.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 https://pcl.uscourts.gov.
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