Former VSP Trooper Gets 15 Years

Police: Man Solicited Cop Posing As Teenage Girl

Posted: June 10, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A former Virginia State Police trooper accused of soliciting an undercover 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 Friday during a hearing in Rockingham County Circuit Court to felony propositioning a minor for sex by computer and felony indecent liberties with a child.

As part of a plea deal, Judge Bruce Albertson sentenced Sorrells, whose career with the state police ended about a decade ago, 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 engaging in sexually charged conversation 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 the case include the Virginia State Police High-Tech Crimes Division, Harrisonburg Police Department, and Rockingham County, Page County, and Frederick County sheriff’s offices.

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.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com