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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER               OFFICE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881




PLANO, Texas — A 69-year-old McKinney, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

James Oscar Jones pleaded guilty on Feb. 24, 2010, to transporting child pornography and was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison on Aug. 27, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Richard Schell. 

According to information presented in court, Jones was engaging in conversations with others on the internet, pretending to be a woman who was sexually interested in children.  In August 2007, Jones sent an email to another user which contained sexually explicit images of children.  Law enforcement agents made contact with Jones and seized a computer hard drive from his McKinney residence.  The computer was analyzed and found to have between 150 and 300 images of child pornography.  Some of the images depicted children less than twelve years of age engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. 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 via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Plano Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mandy Griffith.

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