On Wednesday, March 8, 2023, the following press release was issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Virginia.
NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia Beach man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for attempting to coerce and entice a 14-year-old minor to have sex with him.
According to court documents, Curtis Wade Spencer, 44, was on active duty in the Navy Nurse Corps. On or about July 27, 2022, Spencer contacted who he believed to be a 14-year-old minor online and began to have sexually explicit conversations with the minor. Spencer also sent videos and photographs of his genitals to the purported minor. On August 17, 2022, Spencer left his workplace at the Langley Air Force Base Hospital and traveled to a prearranged meeting spot expecting to meet the minor for sex. Instead, Spencer was arrested as the 14-year-old minor he hoped to meet was an undercover agent.
Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Mack Hickman, Special Agent in Charge of the of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney.
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Victoria Liu prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:22-cr-117.