Joseph Laslie of Lebanon, Va., was sentenced Thursday to 11 years and three months in prison for traveling between states to engage in illicit sexual conduct, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr., the FBI’s Washington Field Office and metro police.
The 42-year-old pled guilty in March 2010 and was sentenced Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Laslie to be placed on ten years of supervised release after his prison term.
According to evidence, Laslie communicted with an undercover FBI agent posing as a pedophile via instant messenger. Laslie repeatedly said he wanted to meet an under-aged girl and engage in sexual contact with her. On January 26, 2010, he traveled from Virginia to a pre-arranged meeting place in Washington, D.C. When he arrived there, he was arrested.
The case was part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood. The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force investigated, which includes members of the Metropolitan Police Department.