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Friday, January 31, 2020

Jacksonville Man Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Possessing Child Sex Abuse Videos And Images

Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Jason Ryan Fain (38, Jacksonville) to six years in federal prison for possessing a USB thumb drive that contained videos and images depicting the sexual abuse of young children. Fain was also sentenced to serve a 10-year term of supervised release and ordered to register as a sex offender. 

A federal jury had found Fain guilty on October 30, 2019.    

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on January 9, 2017, an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) responded to a citizen complaint at Fain’s residence and recovered a USB thumb drive belonging to Fain. A detective from JSO obtained a search warrant for the thumb drive, which contained 3,614 images and 7 videos depicting the sexual abuse of young children, together with “selfie” photos depicting Fain. 

On October 27, 2017, Fain was arrested in Youngstown, Florida by investigators from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. During an interview, Fain 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 thumb drive by the FBI confirmed that it had accessed a particular file-sharing network on the internet. The device also contained a document that advocated the legalization of child pornography possession.              

This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was 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 January 31, 2020