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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Jacksonville Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Child Sex Abuse Videos Over The Internet

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that Pryce Elijah Demars (25, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 5 years, and up to 20 years, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, on November 15, 2017, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Demars’s residence in connection with a child exploitation investigation involving online users of a particular file-sharing program.  FBI agents had determined that between August 2016 and April 2017, Demars distributed videos online depicting young children being sexually abused. During an interview, he admitted, among other things, that he had searched for child pornography on the internet, downloaded it, and then distributed it to another individual in exchange for video games and other items of value. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

This 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 May 30, 2018