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Chicago Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Thousands of Photos and Videos of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

CHICAGO — A Chicago man who traded more than 5,000 photos and 600 videos of children being sexually exploited has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

Using the email account, DEVIN JONES traded the images and videos with others via the Internet.  Many of the photos and videos depicted real children, including toddlers, being sexually abused.  The images included portrayals of sadistic and masochistic conduct and other depictions of violence.

Jones, 27, of Chicago, pleaded guilty last year to one count of possession of child pornography.  U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang sentenced Jones on Monday to 15 years in prison.

“Defendant’s crime is a damaging, exploitative and violent one,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Yasmin N. Best argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum.  “Each time defendant viewed and distributed an image of a sexually abused child, he exploited that child.”

Jones admitted in a plea agreement that on Feb. 20, 2013, he received files on his laptop containing images of child pornography, including what appeared to be prepubescent females exposing their private areas.  Later that day, Jones replied to the sender with several other photographs and a video depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

In addition to trading the pornographic images, Jones admitted in the plea agreement that from 2007 to 2013, he engaged in inappropriate and often sexual contact with approximately six minor children between the ages of five and nine years old. 

The sentencing was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated March 16, 2016