A Virginia physician has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for attempting to entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity.
Fifty-eight-year-old Paul David Hite, an anesthesiologist from Midlothian, was also ordered to pay a $500,000 fine at sentencing in U.S. District Court in Washington on Tuesday. He had been convicted in February.
According to evidence presented at trial, Hite engaged in a series of Internet chats and telephone calls with an undercover police detective. That detective was posing as an adult who was sexually abusing a minor girl and a minor boy.
Prosecutors say Hite described the sexual activity in which he wanted to engage with the purported children. Hite also discussed plans to travel to Washington to sexually abuse the purported children.