A former $120,000-a-year computer programmer was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison yesterday for soliciting an undercover agent he believed was a child, receiving an unusually high sentence because he intended to film a minor in sexual poses with a digital camera, prosecutors said.
Michael Perry, 52, of New York City received roughly five times the sentence he ordinarily would have for traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor.
Perry was arrested Sept. 16 at a Columbia bookstore, where he went expecting to meet "Amy," a 14-year-old girl he met in America Online chat rooms. "Amy" was FBI Special Agent David A. Condo, who was posing as a child online as part of the FBI's Innocent Images program.
When agents searched Perry's Columbia hotel room, they found "a number of sex education tapes and a DVD camera, commonly known as a webcam, in the room," prosecutors said in court documents.
William B. Purpura, Perry's attorney, said in U.S. District Court in Baltimore that his client has been receiving extensive counseling for his sexual problems. He also said that Perry never intended to film his encounter with "Amy."
"At no point in the chat transcripts does the defendant indicate an intent to take sexually explicit photographs," Purpura said in a court motion.