LONDON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AFTER POSTING AD ON INTERNET AND SEEKING SEX WITH PRE-TEENS
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 05, 2011
Public Affairs Officer
COLUMBUS – Jordan T. Allen, 24, of London, Ohio faces at least five years and up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of receipt of child pornography.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Brian Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Ohio and Michigan, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott, and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced the plea entered today before U.S. District Judge Michael Watson.
According to a statement read by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hunter during the hearing, an investigator with the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force was patrolling the Internet in June 2011 and responded to a posting by Allen seeking someone to share his interest in “taboo” things.
After an exchange of emails with Allen, the investigator determined that Allen was interested in having sex with pre-teen children. The investigator arranged to meet Allen in a restaurant parking lot west of Columbus. When Allen arrived, ICAC officers arrested him. They found a stuffed animal in Allen’s car which Allen said he had bought for the 10-year old girl he expected to meet. Allen has been in custody since his arrest.
ICAC agents searched Allen’s London residence and found a computer containing approximately 20 child pornography videos Allen had downloaded from the Internet.
Judge Watson will set a date for sentencing.
“As part of the sentence, Allen will be placed under court supervision for at least five years and up to the rest of his life,” Stewart said. “While under supervised release, Allen must permit the installation of appropriate monitoring software, upon any computer that he owns, uses, or has access to that is connected to the Internet. He will also be required to register as a sex offender anywhere that he lives, works or goes to school.”
Stewart commended the investigation by the ICAC agents, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Hunter and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Casey Russo with Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien’s Office, who are prosecuting the case.
In addition to investigators with ICE HSI and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Franklin County ICAC Task Force includes investigators from the police departments in Columbus, Upper Arlington, Westerville, Whitehall, Grove City and Grandview Heights, as well as investigators from the Ohio ICAC.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.