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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Fairfield, Ohio Man Was Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges

A Fairfield, Ohio man was sentenced yesterday to 250 months’ imprisonment on charges of production of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider. 

Schneider was joined in the announcement by Acting Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Downey, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division.

Sentenced was James Coy Whitaker, Jr., 36. 

According to court records, beginning in 2013 and continuing to April 2017, Whitaker enticed and persuaded a minor female to produce images and live stream videos of herself engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  Whitaker met the minor female in an online social media chat room and conned the victim into sending him a nude image of herself, which he then used to threaten violence and embarrassment if she did not continue to send sexually explicit photos and videos of herself.  This conduct began when the female victim was just 12 years old. 

“The images sent to Whitaker are not merely pictures but are a permanent record of the sexual abuse and exploitation of a child,” stated United States Attorney Schneider.  “I commend the work of the FBI and Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their dedication to investigating crimes against children.”

This case was investigated by special agents with the FBI and the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher Rawsthorne and Ann Nee.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 1, 2019