Va. man gets 88-month term for sex with 2 Maryland teens

He met the girls, 16, online

also contacted others

May 04, 1999|By Jennifer Sullivan | Jennifer Sullivan,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A Virginia man who pleaded guilty to having sex with two Maryland minors and contacting underage girls in five other states in hopes of engaging them in sexual acts has been sentenced to 88 months in prison, three years' probation and fined $1,000.

Jeffrey A. Johnson, 40, of Sterling pleaded guilty in New York state to multiple counts, including traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with a minor, transporting child pornography in interstate commerce and transmitting and receiving pornographic images on his home computer.

U.S. Chief District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy sentenced him Friday in Albany. Johnson will be incarcerated in a federal prison in New York.

Johnson was arrested June 17, 1997, in upstate Colonie, N.Y., after he traveled there to have sex with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. But he had set up a meeting with a Colonie Police Department undercover officer.

Peter Gulotta, spokesman for the Baltimore office of the FBI, said Colonie police turned to the agency for help in the investigation.

"He was arrested, and in June [1997], we opened up a federal case on the guy," Gulotta said.

In pleading guilty, Johnson admitted that in February 1997 he met a 16-year-old Baltimore-area girl online.

In March 1997, he traveled to a Baltimore hotel and had sex with her. He also admitted to contacting another 16-year-old Maryland female online in May 1997. In June of that year, she traveled to Virginia and engaged in sex with Johnson. Johnson also admitted contacting females in Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Hawaii and Australia -- though he had sex only with the Maryland girls.

Neither Johnson's family nor his attorney could be reached for comment.

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