Virginian gets prison term in online sex case

March 04, 2000|By Michael James | Michael James,SUN STAFF

A 33-year-old Virginia man was sentenced yesterday to a year in federal prison after propositioning what he thought were two young teens on the Internet -- who both turned out to be undercover FBI agents.

Kyle A. Decker, who worked until recently at a Virginia research company, had also begun online conversations with a third undercover FBI agent shortly before his arrest Oct. 16 at a Columbia bookstore. He had gone there to meet "Katie," the name used by one of the agents posing as a 13-year-old.

"He did not just engage in one conversation," federal prosecutor Andrew G. W. Norman said in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. "He had extensive online conversations with two undercover agents and began conversations with a third."

Decker met the agents in Internet Relay Chat (IRC) rooms and, in the case of Katie, asked to meet for sex, federal documents said. During one of the conversations, Decker said "I love younger girls" and made sexually explicit remarks about his intentions, court papers said.

Barry Pollack, a federal public defender representing Decker, said his client is aware of the seriousness of his problem and has been receiving counseling. Decker, of Alexandria, Va., had until recently worked for Vanguard Research of Fairfax, Va., which provides technical and engineering services for the Department of Defense, the intelligence community and private business.

Decker was prosecuted as part of the FBI's Innocent Images program, which sends undercover agents online to identify potential child molesters.

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