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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Former Duval County High School Teacher Sentenced To Federal Prison For Transporting Child Pornography Over The Internet

Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Brian J. Davis today sentenced Jeremy Scott Clark (45, Ponte Vedra) to seven years and six months in federal prison for transporting images depicting child sexual abuse over the internet.  Clark was also ordered to serve a 15-year term of supervised release and to register as a sex offender. Clark pleaded guilty in June 2018 and has been held in federal custody since his arrest on March 8, 2018.

According to court documents, on February 22, 2018, Clark, using the screen name “LLCoolJack1973,” responded to a message posted by an undercover FBI agent on an internet bulletin board frequented by individuals with a sexual interest in children. Clark began an online conversation with the undercover agent. After engaging in conversation about sexual activity with children, Clark sent an explicit photo of himself to the agent, along with a link to an online storage account containing images of young children being sexually abused. Further investigation revealed that Clark was a teacher at First Coast High School in Jacksonville. 

On March 8, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Clark’s home. FBI agents were able to confirm that the picture of the naked male sent to the undercover agent was that of Clark on his bed in his home. A forensic examination of Clark’s phone revealed that it contained the link to the online storage account previously sent to the agent, along with links to more than 400 additional images depicting the sexual abuse of children.  

“The FBI will stop at nothing to protect innocent victims, and seek justice for the heinous acts committed against them,” said Charles P. Spencer, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. “This case is even more egregious having been committed by someone who was in a position of authority.  Our investigators will continue to work tirelessly in coordination with our law enforcement partners to identify those who abuse their positions and prey on our children.”

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. 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 September 27, 2018