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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 24, 2016

Sexual Predator Used Facebook to Coerce and Exploit Underage Girls

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Dylan Allen Jeffries, 26, of Clifton Forge, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for coercion or enticement of a minor. Jeffries was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release and ordered to register as a sex offender upon release from prison.

“Jeffries’ predatory behavior, targeted at multiple underage and vulnerable girls is very serious and certainly deserving of this punishment,” said Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Every minor is a potential target of online sexual predators. Parents must do everything they can to protect their children, and we must continue to punish adults who attempt to sexually exploit them.”

Jeffries pleaded guilty on February 8. According to court documents, Jeffries used Facebook and text messages to graphically describe proposed sexual encounters with at least two victims: Jane Doe 1, who was 12 years old at the time he proposed sexual encounters and requested pornographic images of her; and Jane Doe 2, who was 13 years old.  Further, when agents searched Jeffries’ bedroom, they recovered an external hard drive with images and videos of other underage girls dating back to 2010, and Jeffries stated he had received the majority of the images in the same way that he had received and attempted to receive images from Jane Doe 1—directly from the girls depicted via private Facebook and email messages.

Jeffries acknowledged that the girls depicted on the external hard drive were minors at the time the images and videos were created, and forensic examination of the external hard drive identified 22 images and three videos depicting child pornography.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and John S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kaitlin C. Gratton and Lisa R. McKeel prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:15-cr-83.

Topic: 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 24, 2016