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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Central Ohio Man Sentenced to 204 Months for Creating Child Pornography

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jason E. Hoar, 32, of Reynoldsburg and Pickerington, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 204 months in prison and 20 years of supervised release for producing child pornography.

 

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, Westerville Police Chief Joseph Morbitzer and other members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force announced the sentence handed down today by Chief U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.

 

Hoar had admitted that he created child pornography and, in August 2016, communicated with an undercover detective via Kik messenger.

 

The undercover officer had posted online bulletin messages on specific social media forums that are frequented by individuals who have a sexual interest in children. Hoar sent the detective explicit photos of minor females to whom he had access.

 

This information was subsequently sent to the FBI in Columbus and a task force officer there reached out to Hoar in an undercover capacity providing information about an undercover profile on social media.

 

Hoar responded to the task force officer and again provided details of his sexual interests in babies and children.

 

Hoar told the officer that “girls shower pics” were some of his “favs” and that he had discussed “installing a hidden camera.” Hoar recorded prepubescent females in the bathtub, whom were unaware of the video recording, and sent it to the undercover officer.

 

Hoar told undercover officers that letting ‘guys jack off to pics’ of children he photographed was ‘sorta harmless.’

 

“In no way is this behavior harmless,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “Producing child pornography creates trauma for victims that they often have to relive for the rest of their lives as images of their abuse are shared time and again.”

 

Hoar pleaded guilty in April to one count of production of child pornography.

 

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys Heather A. Hill and Jonathan J.C. Grey, who are representing the United States in this case. 

 

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jennifer.thornton@usdoj.gov
Updated October 19, 2017