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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Alabama Convicted Felon Sentenced To Nearly Eight Years In Federal Prison For Downloading Child Sex Abuse Videos In Florida

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Christopher Jaye Boykin (35, Lisman, Alabama) to 7 years and 11 months in federal prison for downloading child sex abuse videos. He was also ordered to serve a 5-year term of supervised release, register as a sex offender, and pay $4,000 in restitution to two victims. Boykin was previously convicted of two felony drug offenses in Jacksonville in 2013.   

According to court documents, in February 2014, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) determined that a host computer in Jacksonville, where Boykin was residing, was offering child pornography on a file-sharing network. Boykin later pawned that computer at a shop in Jacksonville, and it was seized by law enforcement.

On November 14, 2014, HSI agents executed a search warrant at Boykin’s home and seized another computer that he had used to download at least 50 videos depicting sexual abuse of young children. During an interview, Boykin admitted that both computers contained child pornography for his own “viewing pleasure.”

“This child predator thought he could be anonymous behind a computer screen,” said HSI Tampa Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero. “But thanks to the investigative work of HSI special agents, and our partners at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, this criminal will be held accountable for his crimes.”         

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s  Homeland Security Investigations, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

It is another case 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 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated March 8, 2018