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Middle District of Florida

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Green Cove Springs Man Pleads Guilty To Receiving Child Pornography Over The Internet

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that James Donald Jacola (53, Green Cove Springs) has pleaded guilty in Jacksonville to receiving child pornography over the Internet. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of not less than 5 years, up to 20 years, in federal prison and a potential life term of supervision. A sentencing hearing has not yet been set.

According to court documents, FBI agents began an online undercover investigation to identify individuals who were using a particular website to access and receive images and videos depicting child pornography over the Internet. The agents determined that Jacola had accessed this website using a particular Internet Protocol (IP) address. Further investigation with the Internet service provider traced the subscriber information to Jacola’s residence in Green Cove Springs, Florida.

On March 10, 2016, law enforcement executed a federal search warrant at Jacola’s residence and seized two computers. Subsequent forensic analyses of the items revealed that Jacola’s computers contained three videos and at least 784 images depicting child pornography. One of the videos had been downloaded the night before the execution of the search warrant and depicted a toddler being sexually abused. Jacola knowingly downloaded the images and videos of child pornography contained on his computer media over the Internet.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. It is being 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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 9, 2016