Tyree charged with 4 federal counts in sex case
A federal grand jury charged Tuesday that a Virginia man intended to videotape sexual activity with a Crafton Heights teen-ager he abducted New Year’s Day.
Scott Tyree, 38, of Herndon, Va., faces up to 65 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines if convicted of four criminal counts in connection with the alleged abduction of Alicia Kozakiewicz, 13, for sexual purposes. FBI and Virginia authorities discovered the teen-ager shackled to a bed in Tyree’s townhouse in suburban Washington, D.C., four days after she vanished.
The grand jury indicted Tyree, a computer programmer, for inducing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, travel with intent to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile, transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and sexual exploitation of a minor.
The sexual exploitation charge carries a mandatory 10-year prison sentence.
The teen-ager’s disappearance prompted her parents, Charles and Mary Kozakiewicz, to mount an extensive public campaign to find her. The Kozakiewicz family noticed the teen-ager’s disappearance when they gathered for dinner Jan. 1.
Authorities have further alleged Tyree maintained a “torture dungeon” in the basement of the townhouse, where he kept a small cage, whips, chains and other items of bondage.
In an affidavit, FBI Special Agent Denise Valentine said Tyree had a member profile on the Yahoo Internet service advertising himself as “master for teen slavegirls.”
Alicia Kozakiewicz, an aspiring model, also maintained a Web site through Yahoo. On the site, which included numerous photos, the teen-ager billed herself as “Goddess of all.”
The affidavit stated that a confidential informant told the FBI that for months Tyree had been talking on Internet chat rooms of his desire to “find a girl and make her his sex slave.” Authorities have said the informant lives in Florida.
The informant, who is not identified, said he decided to tell the FBI of Tyree after seeing a Webcam shot of the 13-year-old girl in Tyree’s townhouse and reading a newspaper account about her disappearance.
The informant claimed Tyree had “talked about a live-in female slave for approximately nine months” and had specifically talked about a girl in the Pittsburgh area for about three to four months.
The informant added that Tyree knew the girl was 13 before leaving to pick her up, according to the affidavit.
“New Year’s Eve, Scott told the [confidential informant] his wish for a female slave may really be happening,” the affidavit said. The affidavit added that Tyree said he was taking his handcuffs and bringing the girl back to his townhouse.
Portions of the affidavit are blacked out, but it states that at 10:55 p.m. on Jan. 1, Tyree corresponded with the informant and activated a Webcam to show he had the 13-year-old girl.
“It worked. I got her,” Tyree allegedly told the informant, the affidavit stated.
The Kozakiewicz family could not be reached for comment.
Attorney Jeffrey Zimmerman, who represented Tyree in Virginia, said his client still is entitled to a presumption of innocence.
“The case is way too early for anybody to make any preliminary judgments,” Zimmerman said.
Authorities in Virginia said yesterday that Tyree no longer is lodged in the Alexandria Detention Center, in Alexandria, Va., where he was taken after his arrest.
Tyree will be brought to the Pittsburgh area, where he will be incarcerated pending his trial, said U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan. She said he likely will make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ila Jeanne Sensenich later this week. His criminal case will go before U.S. District Court Judge William Standish.
Buchanan said authorities are continuing to investigate Tyree and have not ruled out filing additional charges.