The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Northampton County man was sentenced today in Harrisburg before U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner for attempting to entice a minor to produce child pornography.
Alan Stroppa was sentenced to an 18-month term of imprisonment, 10 years of supervised release and a $100 fine.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, in January 2012, Stroppa, age 46, of Bath, Pennsylvania, began communicating with an undercover United States Postal Inspector in Harrisburg who presented himself online as a 12-year-old girl. For several months Stroppa regularly communicated via the internet and text messages with the “girl.” Stroppa attempted to entice the “girl” to produce a sexually explicit video and photographs of herself. Pursuant to Stroppa’s requests, the purported videos were sent through the mail to a Northampton business. On June 14, 2012, Stroppa accepted the package when delivered and was arrested shortly thereafter by federal and local law enforcement.
Stroppa was indicted in July 2012 and pleaded guilty in November 2012.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service with the assistance of the Office of Homeland Security Investigations and Northampton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Consiglio prosecuted the case.