Severn Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Coercion and Enticement of a Minor to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity
Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Gary Rocky Jones, age 42, of Baltimore, on charges of sexual exploitation of a child, use of interstate commerce facility to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, commission of a felony crime involving a minor by a registered sex offender and possession and distribution of child pornography. The guilty verdict was returned on September 27, 2023, after a three-week trial.
The verdict was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Baltimore Field Office; and Acting Commissioner Richard Worley of the Baltimore Police Department.
Previously convicted sex offender Gary Rocky Jones, was found guilty of 27 counts of sexual exploitation of a child to produce child pornography, 15 counts of use of an interstate commerce facility, specifically, the internet, to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity—relating to 15 minor victims from around the country, and commission of a felony crime involving a minor by a registered sex offender, as well as distribution and possession of child pornography.
According to the evidence presented at trial, between 2014 and August 2015, Jones twice produced images and videos of a minor male engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The victim was age 14 to 15 years old during the exploitation. Additionally, as detailed during the trial, from September 2018 through August 2020, Jones used social media accounts to persuade, entice, and coerce another 15 minor males from several states and ranging in age from eight to 17 years old, to engage in sexually explicit conduct. During these internet-based communications, Jones caused the victims to both produce live-streamed and recorded visual depictions of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct, both alone and with others, and send Jones the sexually explicit images and video via the internet. On April 2, 2018, Jones used a social media account to distribute child pornography. Further, Jones possessed child pornography from December 2, 2014 through January 31, 2020, and from May 29, 2017 through July 14, 2020, respectively, in connection with two separate email addresses and related storage accounts. Finally, the jury found that, based on the evidence presented at trial, between 2015 and September 2020, Jones committed felony offenses involving minors while he was required to register as a sex offender under Maryland law.
Jones faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years and a maximum sentence of 50 years in federal prison for each count of sexual exploitation of a child; a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment for each count of coercion and enticement of a child; a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison for distribution of child pornography; and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography. Jones also faces a mandatory consecutive sentence of 10 years in federal prison for commission of a felony crime involving a minor by a registered sex offender. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III has not yet scheduled sentencing.
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 the United States Attorney’s 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the “Resources” tab on the left of the page.
United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the FBI and the Baltimore Police Department for their work in the Jones case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul E. Budlow and Colleen E. McGuinn.
For more information on the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and resources available to help the community, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md/project-safe-childhood and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/community-outreach.
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