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Cincinnati Man Sentenced To 240 Years In Prison For Producing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio
CONTACT: Fred Alverson
Public Affairs Officer

CINCINNATI –James O. Napier, 40, of Cincinnati was sentenced to serve 240 years (2,880 months) in prison for producing child pornography involving an 11-month old infant and an approximately nine-year old child.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and Kevin Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced the sentence handed down today by Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott. 

Napier was also sentenced to be placed under the court’s supervision for the rest of his life, which means that he will have to register as a sex offender anywhere that he lives, works or goes to school.  Judge Dlott also sentenced Napier to pay $95,009 in restitution for each victim.

Napier was convicted following a three-day trial in January on nine counts of production of child pornography. The jury also convicted Napier of one count each of transportation of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and receipt of child pornography. Trial testimony showed that in November 2009 Napier used an 11-month old infant for sexual gratification, molested the infant and made a video recording of it before placing it on the internet. Other testimony showed that as recently as November 2012 Napier sexually exploited a girl who was approximately nine years-old and produced videos of those acts.

FBI agents began investigating Napier based on information from the FBI office in Phoenix that Napier was seeking to trade child pornography with others on a website under investigation. FBI agents arrested Napier on January 18, 2013. He has been held without bond.

“The initial investigation of Napier identified him as an active and enthusiastic participant in a community of morally depraved individuals who trade child sex abuse images and videos to satisfy their sexual desires,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy Muncy told the court. “One of his victims, due to her age, may never know the abuse she suffered. The other will never forget.”

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Stewart commended the investigation by FBI agents in Phoenix and Cincinnati, the assistance provided by the Miami Valley Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christy Muncy and Ben Glassman, who prosecuted the case.

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Updated July 23, 2015