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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 22, 2015

Waycross Man Sentenced To 286 Months For Coercion And Enticement Of A Minor

Waycross, GA – Jacques Donte Taylor, 24, of Waycross, Georgia, was sentenced today to 286 months in prison by Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood following his plea of guilty to a charge of coercion and enticement of a child under the age of 18 to engage in illegal sexual activity. The prison term will be followed by a 15 year term of supervised release. Taylor will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. Taylor pleaded guilty to the offense on December 8, 2014.

Evidence developed during the investigation revealed that Taylor communicated via Facebook with a twelve-year-old minor female. These communications led to the production of child pornography and the eventual coercion and enticement of the minor to engage in sex acts with him on two occasions. Taylor’s co-defendant, Donnel Cornelius Shavers, 23, also of Waycross, was sentenced by Chief Judge Wood on April 20, 2015 to 300 month’s imprisonment to be followed by a life term of supervised release following his pleas of guilty to charges of production of child pornography and coercion and enticement of a child.

United States Attorney Edward Tarver said, “This investigation again demonstrates the commitment of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to aggressively prosecute individuals who are involved in predatory and exploitative acts directed at children. The conduct of these individuals was abusive and exploitative.  The victims of their behavior were minors who had their innocence and childhood stolen from them. Clearly, the conduct of these defendants was deplorable. We cannot and will not tolerate these types of offenses. The pattern of predatory behavior shown by both Taylor and Shavers is one of the many disturbing components of their criminal conduct and the lengthy sentence given to each by the Court is completely justified.”

“HSI investigations involving child exploitation fall under Operation Predator, and this case is a clear demonstration of why we use the title of predator for those who seek to victimize the innocent,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, acting special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Atlanta. “The defendants in this case used social media to stalk their prey, entice them to produce child pornography and then coerce them into meeting for the purposes of sexual assault. Law enforcement has identified several victims of this scheme.”

Ware County Sheriff Randy F. Royal said, “I am proud of our investigator who began the initial investigation, which led to Mr. Taylor’s arrest. I am prouder still of the level of support and the spirit of cooperation between our agency and Homeland Security Investigations, which afforded the manpower and resources needed to broaden the scope of the investigation so that all the victims in this case will get the opportunity for justice.”

This prosecution was the result of a joint investigation by the Ware County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, which is a nationwide U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.

Assistant United States Attorneys Daniel Crumby, Karl Knoche and Joseph Newman prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

Updated June 22, 2015