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Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jacksonville Man Arrested And Charged With Distribution Of Child Pornography

Jacksonville, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces the filing of a criminal complaint charging Jason James Neiheisel (27, Jacksonville) with distributing child pornography over the Internet. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, up to 20 years, in federal prison. He was arrested by FBI agents at his residence on May 4, 2017.

 

According to the criminal complaint, during an online investigation of individuals using the Internet to trade child pornography, an FBI task force officer

downloaded several videos depicting children being sexually abused from a computer at Neiheisel’s residence. When agents made contact with him at his home, Neiheisel told them, among other things, that he had been downloading child pornography for “a while,” and that he enjoyed the “thrill of the hunt” to see what kind of child pornography files he could find.

 

This case was investigated by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

 

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 May 10, 2017