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WHIDBEY ISLAND MAN SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Defendant has Prior Conviction for Sex Offense Against a Child

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2007

JARED A. VANDEWERFHORST, 26, of Oak Harbor, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 14 years in prison and lifetime supervised release for Possession of Child Pornography. U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez sentenced VANDEWERFHORST above the mandatory minimum ten year term saying he “potentially posed grave danger to children. I have no sense that he can control his urges.”

According to records filed in the case, VANDEWERFHORST was identified as part of “Operation Emissary” initiated in the New Jersey office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in late 2005. Investigators infiltrated a paid website offering child pornography. VANDEWERFHORST attempted to sign up for the website, but his credit card was over its limit and his attempt was refused. A search warrant was served on VANDEWERFHORST’s home in October 2006, however VANDEWERFHORST had destroyed the hard drives of two computers and all but one disk that contained child pornography. Many of the destroyed disks showed labels that clearly indicated they had contained child pornography.

VANDEWERFHORST was convicted in 1999 of kidnaping and assault with sexual motivation. In that case VANDEWERFHORST kidnapped a 12-year-old boy, and took him into the woods to molest him. When the boy resisted, VANDEWERFHORST beat him into unconsciousness. VANDEWERFHORST was sentenced to 41 months in prison. While on probation with the Washington State Department of Corrections, VANDEWERFHORST repeatedly violated the terms of his release.

Judge Martinez noted that “protection of the public is always paramount when dealing with sex predators, especially those who prey on minors.” Judge Martinez ordered that during the lifetime of supervised release, VANDEWERFHORST be required to get sex offender treatment and testing, not be allowed to have any direct or indirect contact with minors unless with a pre-approved adult present, and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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