Three Inmates At Fort Dix Federal Prison Arrested For Distributing And Possessing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse
CAMDEN, N.J. – Three men who are already serving prison sentences for child pornography were arrested today at the Federal Correctional Institution-Fort Dix (FCI-Fort Dix) and charged with using contraband cellphones and micro SD cards to distribute, possess, and view images and videos of child sexual abuse within the prison, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
William H. Noble, 52, of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Charles Wesley Bush, 38, of Knoxville, Tennessee, are charged by complaint with one count each of conspiracy to distribute child pornography, distributing child pornography, and possession of child pornography on federal property. Jacob S. Good, 31, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, is charged by complaint with one count of possession of child pornography on federal property and one count of accessing with intent to view child pornography on federal property.
All three defendants were arrested this morning and are scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams in Camden federal court.
According to the complaints:
Noble allegedly transferred a micro SD card containing child pornography to a government informant at FCI-Fort Dix on April 19, 2017. The micro SD card included over a thousand images and videos, many of which depicted sexual abuse of children, including infants and toddlers. Noble allegedly made statements about downloading the child pornography himself and with the assistance of other inmates in the prison. Noble previously pleaded guilty in the District of Massachusetts to transportation and distribution of child pornography and is serving an 81-month sentence with a scheduled release date of March 8, 2018.
Bush jointly possessed the SD Card that was transferred by Noble on April 19, 2017, which he also allegedly used to download videos of children being sexually abused. Bush expected to be compensated as part of the transfer of the SD card to the government informant. Bush previously pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Tennessee to three counts of distribution of child pornography and possession of materials containing child pornography. He is serving a 151-month sentence with a scheduled release date of May 24, 2024.
Good allegedly possessed and accessed child pornography while imprisoned at FCI-Fort Dix, which he downloaded from the “Dark Web” and stored on a micro SD card. Good allegedly told a government informant during a recorded conversation that he never intended to stop viewing child pornography. Good also described plans to take child pornography accumulated while in the prison home with him following his release. Good previously pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia to distribution of child pornography. He is serving a 60-month sentence with a scheduled release date of Feb. 6, 2018.
Due to the defendants’ prior convictions, the counts of distributing child pornography and conspiring to distribute child pornography are each punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. The counts of possessing and accessing child pornography on federal property each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
The charges and allegations in the complaints are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The charges against Good, Bush, and Noble stem from a long-term investigation by the FBI, which led to similar charges against five other FCI-Fort Dix inmates in April 2017. Charges against four of those inmates – Anthony C. Jeffries, Brian J. McKay, Christopher D. Roffler, and Jordan T. Allen – remain pending. A fifth inmate, Erik M. Smith, has since pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s arrests. He also thanked officials of the Bureau of Prisons and FCI-Fort Dix for their assistance with the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gabriel J. Vidoni and Alyson M. Oswald of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.
Charles Bush: David Rudenstein Esq.
Jacob Good: David Simon Esq.
William Noble: Marty Isenberg Esq.