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Madison Man Sentenced For Possession of Child Pornography

July 13, 2012

A Madison man was sentenced on July 12, 2012, for Possession of Child Pornography, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. David Lee Jackson, 43, of Madison, Illinois, was sentenced to 78 months (6 ½ years) in prison, to be followed by 20 years of supervised release after prison, fined $500, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. Jackson also agreed to the forfeiture of one of the computers used to commit the charged offense, as well as to pay $1,000 in restitution an identified victim in one or more of the images he possessed. Jackson pled guilty to the Indictment on March 9, 2012. Jackson has been detained, that is, held without bond, since he entered his guilty plea.

During a nationwide investigation initiated by the FBI Office in Newark, New Jersey, information was received that a person in Madison was in possession of child pornography that would have been accessed in January, 2008. This information was forwarded to the FBI’s Metro East Cyber Crimes and Analysis Task Force. Task Force Officers went to that person’s residence and spoke with the owner. The owner indicated that he had two computers which belonged to David Lee Jackson, who had lived there from January to August, 2008. The owner allowed the Task Force Officers to remove both computers from the home to be forensically analyzed. A forensic preview of the one of the computers revealed child pornography in the “Dave” file path.

On August 3, 2010, officers spoke with Jackson at his current residence in Missouri. Jackson agreed to provide a voluntary statement, telling the officers that the two computers seized in Madison, Illinois, did belong to him. Jackson said that he was the only person who had access to the user account “Dave.” Jackson stated that he would download child pornography, and save the images in his “My Pictures” folder. He said that he downloaded images of 13 year old females, but the age would sometimes vary. He also admitted to having images of girls as young as five or six years old. Jackson said that he had been viewing child pornography for 8-10 years, and that he knew it was wrong.

Jackson had a third computer in his residence that he allowed officers to seize to be forensically analyzed. Jackson indicated that any images of child pornography on this computer would have been downloaded while he was in Madison, Illinois.

The three computers combined had a total of 1,992 images and 16 videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. More than half of the images involved prepubescent children.

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, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Newark, New Jersey Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Metro East Cyber Crimes and Analysis Task Force, and assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.










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