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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Former Scott AFB Airman Sentenced to Prison For Distributing Child Pornography

East St. Louis, Ill. – Jace Faugno, 25, of Paducah, Kentucky, has been sentenced to 78 months in
prison for two counts of distributing child pornography. Chief United States District Judge Nancy
J. Rosenstengel handed down the sentence, which includes 5 years of supervised release.
Faugno first came to the attention of law enforcement in September 2018, when a joint undercover 
investigation  by  the  Air  Force  Office  of  Special  Investigations  (OSI)  and  the  FBI
caught him sending child pornography over Kik, a popular cell phone messaging application. At the
time, Faugno was living in St. Louis, Missouri, and serving as an active duty Senior Airman at
Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois.

During chat discussions with two different undercover agents, Faugno sent them each a video
depicting a prepubescent girl being raped by an adult male. Faugno also solicited the agents to
send him videos of child pornography and expressed an interest in meeting up with one agent to
engage in sex acts with the undercover agent’s fictitious prepubescent daughter. Faugno ended his
contact with the agents when they refused to provide him with videos of child pornography.

Faugno pled guilty to the charges in 2019. At his sentencing hearing, Faugno argued that his chats
were merely a fantasy that he never intended to act upon. Judge Rosenstengel observed that while
only Faugno was aware of his true intentions, “fantasy can turn into reality.”

The case was investigated by Air Force OSI and FBI Springfield and was prosecuted by
Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Hoell.

Updated March 16, 2021