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Virginia man pleads guilty to attempted enticement and child pornography charges

NORFOLK, Va. - Alan Paul Strieper, 25, of Virginia Beach, Va. pleaded guilty today in Norfolk federal court to attempted enticement, receipt of child pornography, and possession of material containing child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

"This disturbing case strengthens our resolve to protect our community from predators who go to great lengths to sexually exploit young children," said ICE Special Agent in Charge Torres. "ICE will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify these child predators and bring them to justice."

According to court records, on approximately Dec. 1, 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 and rape a child as young as two years old. 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. Federal agents arrested Strieper when he arrived at the Norfolk airport to pick up the undercover source.

Upon searching his vehicle after Strieper's arrest, ICE agents found two rolls of duct tape, a pre-paid Tracfone, rubber gloves, sponges, bleach and other cleaning materials, several bottles of unknown pills, and a stuffed Elmo doll.

"Today, Alan Strieper admitted he planned to kidnap and rape a child," said U.S. Attorney MacBride. "Thanks to the hard work of ICE agents, we were able to arrest him before he could carry out his plans. My Office is committed to ensuring sexual predators are caught and unable to victimize others."

Strieper will be sentenced on Sept. 7, 2010, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each count and a lifetime of supervised release.

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 orhttp://www.cybertipline.com.