By Katie Zeck
Dr. Austin Ayers Winther, former professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rider, was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison and 10 additional years of supervised release on Friday, April 13, according to the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois has also ordered Winther to register as a sex offender.
Winther, 65, arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport on March 15, 2011, where he believed he was picking up a woman and her 13-year-old daughter from Idaho that he met online for a sexual tryst.
Undercover investigator Jason Pietrzak of Boise, Idaho, was posing as the mother and daughter in the online chat program XChat.
In December, Winther pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to entice another individual to travel interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity and four counts of attempting to transfer obscene matter to a child less than 16 years of age.
Winther taught at Rider from 2005 until 2009.