NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – William Armstrong was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years in prison for coercion and enticement of a child and receipt of child pornography.
After getting out of prison, Armstrong will serve 25 years of supervised release.
Armstrong pleaded guilty to the charges on February 22.
Records state that the parents of a 12-year-old girl, referred to as Jane Doe, reported that Armstrong was having inappropriate conversations with their daughter.
Federal agents discovered that Armstrong met Jane Doe through a website called InterPals. Armstrong pretended to be a 13-year-old boy from New York and sent Jane Doe sexually explicit pictures. He also asked the girl to engage in sexual conduct that would be classified as a crime in Virginia.
Agents searched Armstrong’s Hampton home and took his electronic devices. Armstrong told agents he chatted to young girls on various social media websites and asked them for naked pictures, all while pretending to be a young boy.
Detectives found images of child pornography, as well as pictures of Jane Doe, on his electronic devices.
According to the Department of Justice, this is Armstrong’s third conviction for sex crimes involving children. In 1992, he was convicted of sexual assault after having sex with a 15-year-old. In 1999, he was convicted of possession with the intent to distribute child porn in Virginia Beach.