By Sally Voth — firstname.lastname@example.org
Alicia’s Law is named for Alicia Kozakiewicz, who was 13 years old when she was subjected to four days of torture and rape by a man she’d met online.
The young teenager was taken from Pittsburgh to Scott William Tyree’s Herndon home on New Year’s Day 2002.
There, she was tied up, shocked, tortured and raped for four days, according to Camille Cooper, director of legislative affairs for PROTECT. Cooper said Tyree had a basement dungeon.
“He took live images of his torture of her and sent them to another pedophile down in Florida,” Cooper said.
That man called the FBI, and Tyree was tracked down through his email address, she said.
When police rescued Kozakiewicz, “she was chained to the floor with a metal dog collar,” Cooper said.
Tyree was sentenced to 19-1â„2 years in prison, according to online U.S. District Court records.
According to an Associated Press report, Tyree referred to himself online as a “master for teen slave girls.” It says the computer programmer had whips, restraints, pulleys and clamps in his basement, and told FBI agents he planned to keep Kozakiewicz as a slave “for an indefinite period of time.”
Kozakiewicz now shares her story to educate others and lobby for legislation, according to the Alicia Project Facebook page.
The task forces set up in Virginia with Alicia’s Law funding are working, Cooper said.
“Statistically, we’ve prevented the sexual assault [of] from anywhere from 10 to 150 children [with each suspect jailed],” she said. “These guys normally have somewhere between 14 and 150 victims over their life-span. They’re prolific.”
For more information about PROTECT, visit www.protect.org.