Hampton man sentenced to 24 years in third sex crime conviction

Credit: Western Tidewater Regional Jail

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Hampton man has been sentenced to 24 years for sex crimes, including coercion and enticement of a child.

Officials say this is third conviction for 50-year-old William R. Armstrong for sexual crimes involving minors.

The parents of a 12-year-old girl from Michigan contacted authorities and reported that Armstrong was having inappropriate chats with their daughter.

Authorities say federal agents found that Armstrong befriended the girl — referred to by officials in the case as Jane Doe — through a social networking site called InterPals.

Armstrong reportedly pretended to be a 13-year-old boy from New York, and sent Jane Doe sexually explicit photos. Authorities say he also asked her to engage in sexual conduct that would be a crime in Virginia.

Armstrong admitted to agents that he had used the profile picture of a young boy on InterPals. He also admitted to talking with young girls on various sites and asking them to send nude pictures of themselves.

Authorities say they found that Armstrong had images of child pornography and of Jane Doe on devices agents seized in a search of Armstrong’s home in Hampton.

He had previously been convicted in 1992 of engaging in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old, and in 1999 of possessing child pornography.

Armstrong has also been sentenced to 25 years of supervised release in this case.

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