NORFOLK, Va. - Jesse Lee Wise, 25, of Arizona, was sentenced Friday to 210 months in prison, followed by a lifetime period of supervised release, for attempting to entice a teenage girl from Chesapeake, Va., following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other state and local law enforcement agencies.
"This sentencing sends a message that those who prey on innocent children will be held accountable for their actions," said John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge of ICE's Washington D.C. office. "We are committed to protecting our communities from child sexual predators as evidenced by the united efforts of ICE and the local law enforcement community."
Wise pled guilty on Sept. 28, 2009, to attempted enticement of a minor. According to court documents and information provided in open court at sentencing, Wise began contacting a 13-year-old girl living in Chesapeake, Va., via MySpace messages and telephone. After the teen's mother learned of these conversations, she contacted the Virginia State Police and authorized them to assume her daughter's online identity. From May 2009 until July 2009, Wise routinely discussed engaging in sexual acts with the undercover posing as the 13-year-old girl.
On July 10, 2009, Wise boarded a Greyhound bus in Nevada and traveled for three days before arriving in Virginia. Wise pitched a tent outside of the Chesapeake Public Library and used the library computers to continue to solicit the teenager. On July 17, 2009, authorities arrested Wise at the library while he was engaged in an instant messaging chat with the undercover posing as the minor.
"This case is every parent's nightmare, and it's fortunate that the victim's parents came to the Virginia State Police when they did," said U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia. "We hope every parent is just as vigilant in protecting their children from online sexual predators, and that they will come to us so we can put men like Mr. Wise behind bars for a very long time."
Further investigation revealed, that Wise also solicited three other underage girls and successfully pressured a 16-year-old girl to take nude photographs of herself and send them to him.
The Virginia State Police conducted the initial investigation and the Chesapeake Police Department assisted in the arrest. After the initial investigation, ICE assumed jurisdiction of the case for further investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa E. O'Boyle is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
This case is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 11,000 individuals.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.