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D’Iberville Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor in the Philippines

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Gulfport, Miss.  -- A D’Iberville, Mississippi man was sentenced to 120 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for transferring obscene material to a minor in the Philippines. 

Jeffery Steward a/k/a Jack Spangle, 54, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. 

According to court documents, Steward, using the internet and a social media account of a minor in the Philippines, knowingly transferred pornography links of obscene material to the minor victim via messages knowing the minor victim was less than 16 years old.

U.S. Attorney Todd Gee and Special Agent in Charge Robert Eikhoff of the Federal Bureau of Investigation made the announcement.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Cyber Crime Division at the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and the Philippine National Police. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrea Jones and Lee Smith are prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated June 26, 2024

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