Alexandria, VA.– A Virginia man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
At the time of his arrest on Oct. 24, James Raymond Schimmel, 53, of Alexandria, was an employee of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Northern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Virginia State Police.
According to court records, Schimmel met the minor victim through the Internet and convinced the victim to meet in person for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual activity. Schimmel then video recorded the sexual encounter without the victim’s knowledge. Further investigation revealed that Schimmel had been engaging in similar communications with other minors in the mid-Atlantic area.