RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – A Henrico man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise.
According to court documents, 61-year-old Noland Anthony Harper worked with three other adult males to sexually abuse three juvenile victims, photograph the abuse, and then distribute to other individuals over the Internet.
Harper secretly left Richmond to meet with the co-conspirators on three separate occasions in their home states of California and Arizona where they sexually abused and bribed the three young boys- all under the age of 16, with trips and gifts as far as Disneyland in exchange for posing in sexually explicit photos. Harper would then upload the photos to a website from his residence in Henrico and send them to welcoming recipients.
Law enforcement officials first discovered Harper’s involvement after one of his fellow conspirators was arrested in California on outstanding warrants for child exploitation offenses. The evidence found in that arrest showed that the arrestee had credit cards in Harper’s name, was in continuous contact with Harper’s cell phone number, and that $10,000 had recently been transferred between their two accounts.
On March 4, 2015, Harper was indicted by a federal grand jury and now faces a mandatory minimum 20 year sentence and a maximum sentence to life in prison which will be determined during his sentencing on October 9, 2015. After his prison term, Harper will be ordered to register as a sex offender in any U.S. location that he lives, works, or attends school. The maximum statutory sentence will be determined by Congress and is present here for informational purposes, since the sentencing of the defendant will be decided by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
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