A former Virginia State trooper accused of soliciting an undercover police officer posing as a teenage girl on the Internet will spend more than a decade behind bars.
Travis W. Sorrells, 38, of Raphine, pleaded guilty during a hearing in Rockingham County Circuit Court Friday to felony propositioning a minor by sex by computer and felony indecent liberties with a child.
As part of a plea deal, Judge Bruce Albertson sentenced Sorrells to 35 years in prison with all but 15 years suspended.
Sorrells was arrested on Jan. 31 when he arrived in Harrisonburg to meet the “girl” he had been talking to sexually for days.
The Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force initiated the investigation that led to Sorrels’ arrest.
Agencies involved in this case include the Virginia State Police High-Tech Crimes Division, Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, Harrisonburg Police Department, Page County Sheriff's Office, and Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
Sorrells was convicted in 2005 in Stafford Circuit Court for felony indecent liberties and felony using electronic means to procure a minor. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but a year and nine months suspended.
In that case, Sorrells was arrested in 2004 after arranging to meet a 13-year-old girl, who was actually a Stafford detective, at a fast-food restaurant, according to a May 2004 article from the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg. Sorrells was working as a state trooper stationed in Appomattox at the time.
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