SAN FRANCISCO – Jace Wong was charged today in a federal complaint with possession of child pornography, announced Acting United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair.
According to the federal complaint filed today, Wong, 26, of San Francisco, used the social media application Kik to join an online chat group that shared child sexual abuse material. The complaint alleges that Wong posted child sexual abuse videos to the chat group and communicated directly with an undercover officer in the group. During their chat yesterday, April 13, 2021, Wong sent the undercover officer a 36 second video in which a prepubescent female, estimated to be 4 to 6 years old, is seen standing on a black and white tiled bathroom floor with her pants down to her ankles and her vagina exposed. Law enforcement was able to identify Wong and his current location, which was a San Francisco daycare center where he was employed. Wong was arrested as he left the daycare center yesterday afternoon. After the arrest, agents observed a black and white tiled bathroom in the facility believed to be where the video was produced.
Wong is scheduled to make his initial appearance on the complaint on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. in San Francisco before the Honorable Jacqueline Scott Corley, United States Magistrate Judge. He currently remains in custody.
Investigators are asking anyone who has further information about Jace Wong or his activities that are relevant to this case to email the FBI tip line at tips.fbi.gov or call (415) 553-7400.
Wong is charged with possession of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(4)(B) and (b)(2). If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
A complaint merely alleges that a crime has been committed, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Tartakovsky is prosecuting the case. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.