Henrico man pleads guilty to child exploitation

A 61-year-old Henrico man pleaded guilty July 16 to charges of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise.

According to court documents, Noland Anthony Harper conspired with three other adult males to sexually abuse three juvenile victims, photograph the abuse and then distribute the photos to other individuals online. In 2014, Harper traveled from Richmond to Desert Hot Springs, Calif. on three separate occasions and rendezvoused with the co-conspirators, who were residents of California and Arizona. While there, Harper and the others met up with the three minor boys, all of whom were under 16-years-old (including two who were 11-years-old) and sexually abused them, engaging in various sexual acts.

During the trips, Harper took the boys to the beach, Disneyland and the house of a co-conspirator in Arizona, where he bought various gifts for the victims to induce them to pose for sexually explicit photographs. Harper then subsequently uploaded the sexually explicit images to a website from his Henrico residence and distributed them to willing recipients. Law enforcement initially detected Harper after one of the enterprise participants was arrested in California on outstanding warrants for child exploitation offenses. Evidence recovered from that arrest revealed that the arrestee was in possession of credit cards in Harper's name, that he was in constant contact with Harper's cell phone number and that $10,000 had recently flowed through a bank account in both Harper's and the arrestee's name.

Harper was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 4. Harper faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 9. Following his prison term, Harper will be required to register as a sex offender in any U.S. jurisdiction in which he lives, works, or attends school.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Mark Herring, Attorney General of Virginia; and Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Richmond Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Roderick C. Young.

This case was investigated by the FBI, as part of the FBI's Innocent Images Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica D. Aber and Thomas A. Garnett, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel E. Fishel of the Virginia Attorney General's Office, are prosecuting the case.

"Robbing children of their innocence and profiting off of their victimization is truly sickening, absolutely vile and egregious," said Attorney General Mark R. Herring. "I'm thankful for the collaboration between the F.B.I., state, local and federal partners for slamming the prison doors on this predator. There is no refuge in the Commonwealth for anyone who preys on children and we're sending a strong message to others who attempt to perpetrate these vile acts."
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21


Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’


The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity


Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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As part of its 25th anniversary, the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies welcomes back 2008–09 Leader-in-Residence Leland Melvin, ’86, for a discussion of his new memoir, "Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances." "Chasing Space" traces the former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver’s “personal journey from the gridiron to the stars.” The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 6 p.m. A book signing and reception will follow. For tickets, call 289-8980. Full text

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