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

Friday, July 18, 2014

United States Attorney Announces Sentence For Child Pornography Distributor

Hogsett continues aggressive fight against child exploitation

BROWNSBURG – Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced the sentence of Jason King, 39, of Brownsburg today. King was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison by United States District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt after King pled guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography.

“Protecting the most innocent Hoosier victims is a top priority of this office. Those who might question my sincerity have been shown the seriousness of this promise,” said Hogsett.

Through the work of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI), King was found to have over 600 images of child pornography on his computer. He made the images available to other users via a peer-to-peer sharing network online. Because the computer files containing the images were password protected, King provided interested users passwords that allowed access to the images as well as the ability to download them. King admitted to his role in the distribution of the images.

King is also a registered sex offender. In 1999 he was convicted for child molestation and was re-incarcerated for failing to register as a sex offender after serving his sentence.

“The type of behavior is deplorable and must be stopped,” Hogsett said. “That is why we launched Operation Community Watch last year – to protect Hoosier families and send a message.” In 2013, Hogsett launched Operation Community Watch, which has allowed prosecutors and investigators to use cutting-edge techniques to identify and charge people in Hoosier communities who are engaged in the receipt and trafficking of child pornography materials.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Joe Vaughn, who prosecuted the case for the government, King will be subject 10 years of supervised release after serving his sentence.

Updated January 26, 2015