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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Arizona

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Virginia Woman Sentenced for Coercing and Enticing Minor

TUCSON, Ariz. – Last week, Sara Belen Coltz, 38, of Norfolk, Virginia was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John C. Hinderaker to 120 months in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. Coltz previously pleaded guilty to coercion and enticement of a minor. After she is released from prison, Coltz will be required to register as a sexual offender.

In late 2017 through mid-2018, Coltz used a computer to communicate with the victim who was under the age of eighteen. In these communications, Coltz chatted with the victim about sexual acts she wanted to perform.

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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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

The Tucson Police Department conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica L. Seger, District of Arizona, Tucson handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR 20-00678-TUC-JCH
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022- 021_Coltz

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Updated March 8, 2022