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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Preble County Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

DAYTON – Jeremiah Armstrong, 29, of West Alexandria, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 72 months in prison for possessing images and videos of child pornography, including those of prepubescent children.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.

According to court documents, in January 2016, two undercover officers from the Belmont and Hamilton county sheriff’s offices downloaded child pornography from Armstrong’s BitTorrent account. For example, one file includes a video depicting an Asian female minor and an adult male. The male sexually abuses the victim for more than an hour by performing oral sex on the child, having the child perform oral sex on him, engaging in vaginal and anal intercourse with the child, digitally penetrating the child and placing a vibrator in the victim’s vagina.

In December 2016, FBI agents seized Armstrong’s computer and discovered more than 600 videos and 200 images of child pornography. One such video is described to as “tied 8yo Cambodian boom-boom girl…raped by sex-tourist” and depicts an adult white male raping a child whose wrists are bound to her ankles by duct tape.

“Armstrong’s child pornography collection contained 87 identified series, with approximately 72 identified victims. These are real children who were sexually abused because people like Armstrong created a demand for the content to satisfy their own desires,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “Armstrong’s prolific collection included images of children bound by tape or rope, having sex objects used on them or involved in acts of bestiality. This is simply heinous.”

Armstrong pleaded guilty in January 2018 to possessing child pornography. He has been in custody since October 2017.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by the FBI and Belmont and Hamilton county sheriff’s offices, and the assistance of the West Alexandria Police Department and Preble County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Assistant United States Attorney SaMee Harden, who is representing the United States in this case. 

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Project Safe Childhood
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jennifer.thornton@usdoj.gov
Updated October 24, 2018