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Judge sentences Webster Groves man to 10 years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

ST. LOUIS – Jonathan Wells, age 39, of Webster Groves, Missouri, appeared before United States District Court Judge Stephen R. Clark on today’s date.  Based on a previous plea of guilty, Wells was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for the receipt of child pornography followed by a lifetime of supervised release and a $5000.00 assessment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking fund.  


According to court documents, on or about November 29, 2019, and January 4, 2020, Wells uploaded from the internet, ninety-four (94) image files of child pornography to an editing software program called "Adobe." 


Adobe Systems Inc. reported Well's download of child pornography to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on or about December 2, 2019, and January 6, 2020. Law enforcement obtained a search warrant for Well’s residence and determined that Wells possessed numerous items of child sexual abuse material that he had downloaded from the internet. Specifically, Wells possessed over twenty-three thousand (23,000) images of child pornography on his Lenovo Tower computer that had been downloaded from the internet. 


This case was investigated by the Saint Louis County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated March 10, 2022

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