ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Douglas Lee Payne, Jr., 31, of Fairfax County, Va., was sentenced today to 300 months in prison, followed by a lifetime period of supervised release, for charges of production of child pornography and attempted enticement of a minor.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler, Jr., Acting Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.
Payne pleaded guilty on April 8, 2013. According to court documents, during the investigation of a Fairfax County probation violation in December 2011, electronic communications between Payne and two minor females, one in Indiana and another in Pennsylvania, were discovered. In these communications, Payne asked the minor victims for nude images and instructed them on how to pose. Payne had a least one child pornography image of each minor victim, which, as he had requested, had been sent to him. Payne and the minor victim in Indiana also had conversations about Payne going on a trip to Indiana to visit family and having sex with the minor on his trip home to Virginia. On December 28, 2011, Payne was on his way to Indiana when he was instructed to come home for a meeting with his Fairfax County probation officer.
This case was investigated by the Fairfax County Police Department and the FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation Task Force. Special Assistant United States Attorney Alicia J. Yass, a Trial Attorney with the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, is prosecuting the case on behalf of 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.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.