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El Paso Man Sentenced to Five Years for Attempted Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

EL PASO – An El Paso man was sentenced to five years in prison for attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.

According to court documents, between November 6, 2022 and November 17, 2022, Jacob Isaiah Spencer, 25, had sexually explicit conversations on social media, to include sending lascivious photos of male genitalia, with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old child.  On November 17, 2022, Spencer arranged to meet the minor to engage in sexual activity by arranging transportation for the minor to Spencer’s home.  Agents from the FBI El Paso’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force arrested Spencer while he waited for the minor to show up.

On August 30, 2023, Spencer pleaded guilty to one count of attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.  He has remained in federal custody since his arrest on November 17, 2022.

“Protecting our children and our community is a top priority for our office,” said U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza.  “We will continue to prosecute those who seek to harm our minors for their own sexual gratification.”

“The defendant in this case tried to share sexually explicit material to a minor in an attempt to progress the relationship to become sexually physical,” said John Morales, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI El Paso Field Office.  “Parents can rest easy with this man in federal prison, but there are so many more predators like him. The FBI El Paso’s Child Exploitation & Human Trafficking Task Force remains committed to the fight against exploitation of our children.”

The FBI investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Valenzuela prosecuted 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 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 December 15, 2023

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