Former Correctional Officer Sentenced To More Than Five Years In Prison For Sexual Abuse Of Two Female Inmates
SAN FRANCISCO – Jace Wong was sentenced to serve 300 months in prison for production, attempted production, distribution, and possession of child pornography in connection with a scheme to take pictures and videos of four- to six-year-olds that he could share on child pornography sites online announced U.S. Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey and FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert K. Tripp. The sentence was handed down by the Hon. James Donato, United States District Judge.
Wong pleaded guilty to the charges on April 24, 2023. According to his plea agreement, Wong admitted that beginning March 19, 2021, while he was employed at a daycare facility in San Francisco, he surreptitiously took sexually explicit photos and videos of prepubescent minors at the facility while they were going to the bathroom. Wong acknowledged that the children were approximately four to six years old and that the photos and videos he captured depicted the prepubescent minors’ genitalia. Wong admitted that he distributed those videos and images online in group chats and in private messages.
“This case is heartbreaking, to say the least,” said U.S. Attorney Ramsey. “Jace Wong worked at daycare facilities and victimized at least six young children in his care, not to mention other minors whose images he possessed and distributed. It is not possible to measure the harm he caused. His decades-long prison sentence, however, makes crystal clear that the Department of Justice will work tirelessly to remove perpetrators who victimize our most vulnerable citizens — young children — from society so they cannot continue their heinous behavior.”
“Wong's actions were shocking. Instead of attending to their safety, Wong exploited children of tender years for his own gratification. His sentence makes clear child predators will be held accountable,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Tripp. ”The FBI is committed to protecting our most vulnerable citizens and apprehending sexual offenders.”
Wong admitted in his plea agreement that between August 2019 and December 2020, he worked at a separate daycare center in Livermore, Calif., where he took at least three videos of the prepubescent minors in his care. The victims were approximately three to four years old. He posted photos and videos of his victims on the dark web in October and December 2020. Wong admitted that these videos contained hands-on sexual contact. He stopped recording these videos when the victims moved away from him. Further, Wong admitted that he possessed and distributed visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, including at least one video of material containing child sexual abuse. Wong was arrested after he sent a video containing child pornography to an undercover officer and investigators were able to deduce where the video was created.
On October 18, 2022, a federal grand jury indicted Wong charging him with five counts of production or attempted production of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251(a) and (e); one count of distribution of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(2) and (b); and one count of possession of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(4)(B) and (b)(2). Wong pleaded guilty to all the counts.
Wong has been in custody since his arrest in April of 2021. He will begin serving his prison term immediately. In addition to the prison term, Judge Donato also ordered Wong to serve 15 years of supervised release which will begin after his term of imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelsey Davidson, with assistance from Kevin Costello and Maria Sunga. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI with assistance from U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin.