"Today's sentencing demonstrates the consequences awaiting those who sexually exploit innocent children," said John P. Torres, special agent in charge of ICE's HSI office in Virginia. "ICE and our law enforcement partners are dedicated to protecting our communities from child sex predators by identifying and arresting the perpetrators."
According to court records and statements made in open court, in late November 2009, Strieper began engaging in chat sessions with an undercover federal source about Strieper's interest in child pornography and engaging in sexual acts with children. Over the next two months, Strieper discussed with the undercover source his desire to kidnap, rape and murder a child as young as a newborn. Strieper eventually asked the undercover source to travel to meet him so that together they could kidnap and rape a child.
During subsequent chats, the undercover source agreed to fly from St. Louis, Mo., to Norfolk on Feb. 5, 2010, to put the kidnapping plan into action. ICE agents arrested Strieper when he arrived at the Norfolk International Airport to pick up the undercover source. A search of Strieper's rental car revealed that Strieper previously had purchased duct tape, Clorox bleach, latex gloves and other cleaning products, and a red Elmo doll.
A forensic evaluation of Strieper's computer revealed a substantial amount of child pornography. The child pornography found on Strieper's computer involved the violent rape and molestation of prepubescent children. A review of Strieper's cell phones after arrest further demonstrated that Strieper actively communicated with at least three minor boys in an attempt to entice each of them to engage in illegal sexual activity.
This investigation 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 12,800 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.
For more information, visit www.ice.gov.