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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 30, 2018

Jacksonville Man Sentenced To Seven Years In Federal Prison For Distributing Child Sex Abuse Videos Over The Internet

Jacksonville, Florida – Senior United States Judge Richard W. Goldberg has sentenced Jason James Neiheisel (28, Jacksonville) to seven years in federal prison for sharing child sex abuse videos and making them available online for distribution. Neiheisel was also ordered to serve a five-year term of supervised release and to register as a sex offender. A federal jury found him guilty in April 2018. 

According to evidence and testimony at trial, an FBI task force officer (TFO) conducted an online investigation of individuals using the internet to trade child pornography and identified a host computer in Jacksonville that was offering child sex abuse videos for distribution. The TFO downloaded approximately 48 videos, several of which depicted young children being sexually abused, from a computer using the internet protocol address at Neiheisel’s apartment in Jacksonville. On April 11, 2017, FBI agents interviewed Neiheisel at his home. He told the agents that he had used a file-sharing network, had downloaded child pornography for “a while,” and that he enjoyed the “thrill of the hunt” to see what kind of child pornography he could find.

Neiheisel’s computer was seized and a forensic examination confirmed that he had used it to access the file-sharing network. Neiheisel also admitted that he knew that he had made the child pornography videos available to anyone on the file-sharing network who wished to participate.

This case was investigated by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI. It was 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 Attorney’s 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.usdoj.gov/psc.

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Updated July 30, 2018