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

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Ferguson sex offender sentenced to 10 years for possession of child pornography

ST. LOUIS – United States District Court Judge Stephen R. Clark on Tuesday sentenced registered sex offender Jimar Jefferson, 26, to 10 years in prison on a charge of possession of child pornography. After his release from prison, Jefferson will be on supervised release for life.

According to the plea agreement, on March 29, 2021, St. Louis County police executed a search warrant at Jefferson’s home on Patricia Avenue in Ferguson that was triggered by nine cyber tips to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Google had notified NCMEC that someone had uploaded more than 200 videos containing child pornography.

Jefferson admitted to police having used the email linked to the uploads. He admitted receiving child pornography on his cell phone and admitted that the files had been backed up to his Gmail account. Investigators later discovered 46 images and one video containing child pornography on one of Jefferson’s cell phones. His email account contained 1,853 videos and 138 image files containing child pornography, including images featuring bestiality or child bondage.

Jefferson was on probation at the time of the offense. In 2017, he pleaded guilty in St. Louis County Circuit Court to two felony counts of second-degree statutory sodomy in a case involving a 15-year-old male victim. He received 30 days of “shock” time and a suspended execution of sentence (SES) of five years in prison. He was also required to register as a sex offender.

Judge Clark ordered the federal prison sentence to run consecutive to any sentence Jefferson receives for violating his probation in the state case. He was also ordered to pay $11,000 in restitution to victims.

The case was investigated by the St. Louis County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Colleen Lang prosecuted the case.  

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 19, 2022