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

Monday, March 7, 2016

Yakima Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography

Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Charles Jacob Jarvis, aka Jake Jarvis, age 29, of Yakima , Washington, was sentenced on March 3, 2016 for Distribution of Child Pornography. Senior United States District Judge Lonny R. Suko sentenced Jarvis to a five-year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 20-year term of court supervision after he is released from Federal prison. Jarvis will also be required to register as a sex offender.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, Jarvis used an Internet file sharing account and e-mail accounts to share and distribute child pornography over the Internet. In March of 2015, U.S. Postal Inspectors determined that Jarvis was obtaining child pornography by U.S. mail. On March 4, 2015, Jarvis was contacted at his place of employment at a day care center in Yakima, Washington. Federal search warrants were obtained to search Jarvis’ personal computers, electronic devices, and e-mails. Forensic examinations revealed that he had used his personal devices and e-mail accounts to store and distribute child pornography that he had obtained over the Internet.

Michael C. Ormsby said, “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington takes seriously crimes involving exploitation of children, including child pornography crimes. This office, together with its federal and state law enforcement partners, is and will continue to be committed to prosecuting aggressively and seeking appropriate punishment for child pornography crimes.”

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. The Project Safe Childhood Initiative (“PSC”) has five major components:

· Integrated federal, state, and local efforts to investigate and prosecute child exploitation

cases, and to identify and rescue children;

· Participation of PSC partners in coordinated national initiatives;

· Increased federal enforcement in child pornography and enticement cases;

· Training of federal, state, and local law enforcement agents; and

· Community awareness and educational programs.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit . For information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Washington State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Ian L. Garriques, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

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Updated March 7, 2016