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REPEAT SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO A DOZEN YEARS IN PRISON, LIFETIME SUPERVISION FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN - Clark County Man Had Previously Been Sentenced to More than 12 Years in Prison for Child Rape

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2008

JEFFREY M. KNIGHT, 43, of Battle Ground, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 12 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for Possession of Child Pornography. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents executed a search warrant at KNIGHT’s Battle Ground home on October 10, 2007, following an investigation of an on-line site trafficking in child pornography. KNIGHT was one of a number of customers who had purchased from the site using a PayPal account. During the search, law enforcement seized computers and storage disks with more than 150 images of child pornography. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said, “there is no question the community needs to be protected from him, until he has control of the demons that currently possess him.”

KNIGHT pleaded guilty on February 27, 2008. Prosecutors and KNIGHT’s defense attorney agreed to ask the judge for a sentence of 12 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. KNIGHT will be required to register as a sex offender under federal law. KNIGHT previously had been required to register as a sex offender under state law because of a conviction in Clark County Superior Court in 1993, for Rape of a Child, and Possession of Child Pornography. KNIGHT was sentenced to 147 months in prison for those crimes. According to his attorney, KNIGHT successfully completed outpatient sex offender treatment in Vancouver, Washington, in 2005.

Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Diggs asked the judge to approve the lengthy prison term noting the danger KNIGHT poses to the community. “As this case shows, people who collect child pornography are an obvious and direct physical threat to children. Jeffrey Knight’s significant danger to the community is highlighted by the fact that the instant offense comes on the heals of a “hands-on” sexual offense that sent Mr. Knight to jail for a term of one hundred forty-seven (147) months,” Diggs wrote in his sentencing memo.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Cyber Crimes Center, Child Exploitation Section.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Diggs.

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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