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September 9, 2014

Fleming Island Man Sentenced to More Than Seven Years for Receiving Child Pornography

JACKSONVILLE, FL—U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard sentenced Jimmy Laverne Holmes (58, Fleming Island) to seven years and eight months in federal prison for receiving child pornography over the Internet. Holmes was also ordered to serve a five-year term of supervision following his release from prison, and to register as a sex offender. Holmes pleaded guilty on January 28, 2014, and has been in custody since his arrest on September 24, 2013. At the time of his arrest, Holmes told agents that he worked at the Barco-Newton YMCA in Fleming Island, where he taught sports to children.

According to court documents, an FBI agent in Jacksonville began an investigation to identify individuals that had access to and/or were trading images and videos depicting child pornography over the Internet. Using specialized software, the agent determined that a host computer in the Jacksonville area was hosting images of child pornography using a particular peer-to-peer file sharing program. The agent made successful connections to the host computer through the Internet and downloaded several video files directly from the host computer that depicted child pornography. Further investigation traced the subscriber information to Holmes’s residence in Fleming Island.

On September 24, 2013, FBI agents and other officers executed a search warrant at Holmes’s residence and seized, among other things, several computers and other items of electronic media. Holmes was at the residence and told the agents, among other things, that he knew that child pornography was illegally and that recently he was downloading and watching child pornography two or three times per week.

Subsequent analysis of Holmes’s computer media revealed that it contained a total of 203 videos and 247 images depicting young children being sexually abused.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

It is another case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.

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