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Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Jacksonville Man Arrested On Federal Charge For Possessing Child Pornography

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces today that Jason Ryan Fain (37, Jacksonville) has been arrested and charged in a criminal complaint with possessing videos and images depicting the sexual abuse of children. Fain faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, and a potential life term of supervised release. He is detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for December 17, 2018. 

According to the complaint, on January 9, 2017, an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a citizen complaint at a residence in Jacksonville where Fain resided. The officer recovered a USB thumb drive that allegedly belonged to Fain, and believed to contain child pornography. A search of the thumb drive revealed 3,614 images and 7 videos depicting child pornography, together with “selfie”-type photos depicting Fain. 

On October 27, 2017, Fain was arrested in Youngstown, Florida. During an interview, he admitted that the thumb drive belonged to him and that it contained “hundreds” of pornographic images of children that he had obtained from the internet. A forensic analysis of the drive confirmed that it had accessed a particular file-sharing network on the internet and that it also contained at least one document in Fain’s name.            

This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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 the 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 December 14, 2018