Boise Man Sentenced for Producing and Distributing Child Pornography
Advertised 3-Year-Old Child for Prostitution on Craigslist
BOISE – U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced that Jason Lloyd Schaber, 40, of Boise, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 30 years in prison on count one and 10 years on count two, to run concurrently, followed by lifetime supervised release. Schaber pleaded guilty in May 2013 to sexual exploitation of children by producing and distributing child pornography between 2010 and 2012. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Schaber to forfeit the personal property used in the offenses.
According to the plea agreement, the investigation of Schaber's activities began in April 2012 after Boise police were contacted by a person who saw a Craigslist advertisement offering a young child for sex. Investigators worked with Craigslist and Google and traced the ad back to Schaber in mid-May, according to reports. Boise police investigators obtained a warrant to search Schaber's home, which they executed on May 31, 2012. Schaber has been in custody since his arrest.
The plea agreement states that Schaber produced 26 sexually explicit images and videos of female minor(s) who were less than six years of age, and distributed child pornography that he had produced himself, or that he had obtained from the Internet, via email to at least 16 other individuals. The images and videos depicted actual and simulated intercourse, oral sex and the lascivious exhibition of the genitals and pubic area of the minors, according to the plea agreement.
“Mr. Schaber well deserves the lengthy sentence the Court imposed,” said Olson. “His horrific conduct victimized an innocent child. This office, along with its federal and state law enforcement and prosecuting partners, will continue to act cooperatively and aggressively to bring child sexual predators to justice. I applaud the quick and efficient work of the ICAC investigators in this case. We hope for the ongoing recovery of the victims in this case.”
Members of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the case, including investigators from the Boise Police Department, the Ada County Sheriff's Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with technical assistance provided by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the High Technology Investigative Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in Washington, D.C., with cooperation from the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.” For more information about registered sex offenders in Idaho, visit www.isp.idaho.gov/sor_id.
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent and deter gun violence.