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

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Former Monroe County Resident Sentenced to More Than 58 Years in Federal Prison for Repeated Sexual Exploitation of Children

A Monroe County man was sentenced today to more than 58 years in prison for producing child pornography documenting his own sexual assaults of young children, announced United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade. 

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division.

Jason Wayne Soper, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen. 

According to court records, Soper produced videos and images of his own sexual assaults of several children, ages three to seven years old.  Soper traded the images and videos he produced to other individuals over the Internet in exchange for pornographic images depicting infants and toddlers.  Soper distributed some of the images to an undercover FBI agent, which led to his identification, arrest and the rescue of multiple children.   Soper admitted to sexually assaulting several other children, and to having committed sexual assault crimes against two of the children for most of their lives.    

"Child predators who create child pornography victimize children twice, first by sexually assaulting them and again by sharing it with others on the Internet." McQuade said.  "We are grateful for the undercover work by the FBI in this case that led to the rescue of young children." 

"The depravity of this case shocks the conscience, and exemplifies the horrific and unspeakable crimes committed against the most vulnerable members in society, our youth” said David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Detroit Division.  “The message should be clear:  Protecting our children from predators is a top priority of the FBI. We are committed to identifying those, like Soper, who sexually exploit children and working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to seek the prosecution of those individuals to the fullest extent of the law.”

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin M. Mulcahy. 

Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 16, 2016