Former Lieutenant for the Newport News Fire Department Sentenced for Coercion and Enticement of a Child and Receipt of Child Pornography
NORFOLK, Va. – A Chesapeake man was sentenced today to 36 years in prison for production of child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
According to court documents, Jonathan Wilson, 35, was identified as the result of parallel investigations by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Chesapeake Police Department. In early 2022, HSI identified Wilson after Belgian authorities reported he was distributing CSAM to a citizen in Belgium. Chesapeake Police found Wilson after Kik, a social media platform, reported he was uploading CSAM to his account. HSI and Chesapeake Police joined forces and executed a search warrant at Wilson’s residence in Chesapeake. Wilson was found to have been sexually abusing and filming the abuse of a toddler over a period of two years, from when the child was two years old to when she was four years old. Wilson was immediately arrested by Chesapeake Police and later by HSI.
Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Derek W. Gordon, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Washington, D.C.; and Mark G. Solesky, Chief of Chesapeake Police, made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Yusi prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:22-cr-45.