Jacksonville Man Indicted For Attempted Online Enticement, Attempted Production, And Advertising For Child Pornography
Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of a superseding indictment charging Jon Christopher Stoune (44, Jacksonville) with attempted online enticement of an individual he believed to be a minor child, advertising for child pornography, and attempted production of child pornography. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison on the attempted enticement charge. The advertising and attempted production charges each carry a penalty of at least 15 years, up to 30 years, in federal prison. Stoune has been in custody since his arrest on April 21, 2015.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has violated one or more federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the St. Johns 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 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.