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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Former Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced for Child Porn

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former Greene County, Mo., Deputy Sheriff was sentenced in federal court today for receiving and distributing child pornography.

 

Juan T. Jones, 28, of Springfield, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to seven years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Jones to 10 years of supervised release following incarceration.

 

Jones, who pleaded guilty on April 18, 2016, was a Greene County Deputy Sheriff from 2013 until his arrest in 2016.

 

An officer with the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force Officer opened the investigation on Sept. 25, 2015, after a CyberTip from Dropbox to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Dropbox had discovered many video and image files that contained child pornography, which had been uploaded by Jones.

 

Investigators executed a search warrant at Jones’s residence on Jan. 6, 2016. While the warrant was being executed, they contacted Jones at his place of employment, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department. Jones admitted to investigators that he had looked at child pornography for as long as 10 years. Jones also admitted that he had exchanged child pornography images on Tumblr. Investigators discovered numerous images of child pornography on Jones’s cell phone.

 

According to court documents, Jones had more than 1,500 images and 451 videos of child pornography. Jones possessed multiple videos and images depicting children engaged in bestiality, bondage and sadistic conduct, including infants and very young children. Jones used multiple mediums and websites to not only view child pornography, but to receive and distribute it. He was actively e-mailing others, and using applications such as Tumblr, to trade in child pornography images.

 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force and the FBI.

Topic: 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 14, 2016