United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Jeffrey Dean Coble, 41, of Mobile, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for distribution and receipt of child pornography. Coble pled guilty to the offense in February.
United States District Judge Kristi K. DuBose ordered Coble to serve the maximum sentence available in the case, 240 months imprisonment, and ordered that he be supervised by the United States Probation Office for the rest of his life following his release. Coble was also ordered to register as a sex offender.
The investigation began after the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations received information that a subject in Michigan had produced and traded explicit images of the sexual abuse of a child with an individual traced to Mobile. Investigators determined that the phone used to communicate with the subject in Michigan was that of Jeffrey Dean Coble. A search warrant was issued for Coble’s residence and executed by HSI agents and the Mobile Police Department in November of 2015.
During the search, Coble admitted that he had used his phone to send and receive images of child pornography with other users across the country, and further confessed that he had sexually touched two minors in order to photograph the abuse and send the images to other individuals using his phone. Coble was arrested at the scene, and has been in custody since that time.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Mobile Police Department, and prosecuted on behalf of the United States by Assistant United States Attorney Sean P. Costello. The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, the Department of Justice’s initiative to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children. For more information, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc