Chantilly-area resident Douglas Lee Payne Jr., of Penderview Terrace, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to producing child pornography and attempted enticement of a minor, according to the FBI.
Payne, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography, which each carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 25 years and a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison, according to a news release from the FBI's Washington field office.
The sentence was enhanced due to Payne's prior conviction in November 2008 of using a computer to solicit a minor in Fairfax County. Payne also pleaded guilty to a count of attempted enticement of a minor, which carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for July 5.
According to court documents, during the investigation of a Fairfax County probation violation in December 2011, electronic communications between Payne and a minor victim in Indiana and another minor victim in Pennsylvania were discovered.
In text messages and online chats, Payne asked the minor victims to send him nude images of themselves. He instructed the minor females on how to pose in various sexually revealing positions. Payne possessed at least one child pornography image of each minor victim which they had sent in response to his request.
Payne and the minor victim from Indiana talked about Payne going to Indiana and having sex with her there. On Dec. 28, 2011, while Payne was on his way to Indiana, he was instructed to return home for a meeting with his Fairfax County probation officer.
This case was investigated by the Fairfax County Police Department and the FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation Task Force. Special Assistant United States Attorney Alicia J. Yass, a Trial Attorney with the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.