Petersburg Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Transportation of Child Pornography
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that, yesterday, a Petersburg man was sentenced to federal prison for the transportation of child pornography.
Marvin Mitchell Jackson, 28, a resident of Petersburg, Alaska, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to five years in prison for a single count of transportation of child pornography. Upon the completion of his prison term, Jackson must complete a 30-year term of supervised release.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack S. Schmidt, who prosecuted the case, informed the court that Jackson was contacted by law enforcement on Jan. 18, 2016, during an unrelated state drug investigation as Jackson was traveling from Washington to Petersburg, Alaska, on a commercial air carrier, in which his cell phone was seized and was subsequently searched as part of that investigation. During the search, a number of images of child pornography were discovered. Law enforcement obtained additional search warrants and discovered hundreds of images of prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. A number of the images were of three known identifiable children that were obtained from various visual media, including Facebook, that had been modified by the defendant to depict the children in those images engaging in sexual explicit conduct. Jackson had used a photo shop type program to take images of himself and morphed the images to depict him engaging in explicit sexual conduct with the minors. Many of the images created by the defendant included text stating graphic sexual abuse fantasies related to those children.
In ordering Jackson’s sentence, Chief Judge Burgess noted the seriousness of the crime because “the defendant created digital images that could easily go out into the internet” and “the impact (of the morphed images) on the victims is just as devastating.” Chief Judge Burgess also noted deterrence of the defendant, protection of the public, and to provide necessary treatment as additional reasons for the sentence he imposed.
The charges against Jackson are the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Petersburg Police Department.
This prosecution is part of the Department of Justice ongoing Project Safe Child (PSC) initiative. In May 2006, DOJ 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 combines federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, identify and rescue victims and to educate the public about safe Internet use, thereby reducing the risk that children might fall prey to online sexual predators. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov or call the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska.