A Stafford County man who was a lieutenant colonel in the Army was ordered Tuesday to serve 20 years in prison in part for using his government-issued laptop computer to engage in the production of child pornography.
Steven Jon Frederiksen, 42, was sentenced in federal court in Alexandria. He had previously pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography and one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.
According to court records, the Defense Intelligence Agency contacted the Army Criminal Investigation Command at Fort Belvoir on Nov. 10 of last year with information that Frederiksen, a DIA employee, was viewing sexually suggestive pictures and videos of underage girls on his government computer.
He was also using social media sites and computer applications to carry on sexually explicit conversations with teenage girls: many of the conversations took place while the girls were in their high school classrooms, the records state.
Federal investigators continued to monitor Frederiksen's computer activities and on Nov. 20 raided his Stafford residence. Two tablets, a laptop computer and a cell phone were seized.
Frederiksen admitted to enticing at least four girls between the ages of 14 to 17 to send him sexually explicit pictures of themselves. He attempted the same thing with at least two other girls.
Court records said Frederiksen possessed numerous images of child pornography and exchanged his collection with others online.
The FBI headed the investigation.