Jacksonville Man Arrested and Charged with Advertising for Child Pornography
JACKSONVILLE, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced today that James Patrick Foreman (44, Jacksonville) has been charged by a federal criminal complaint with advertising for child pornography. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, up to 30 years, in federal prison, and a potential life term of supervision. Foreman was arrested on October 17, 2014, at his residence in Jacksonville. During his initial court appearance, he was ordered detained pending a detention hearing on October 23, 2014.
According to the criminal complaint, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation began an undercover investigation to identify individuals in the Jacksonville area that had access to and/or were trading images and videos depicting child pornography over the Internet. The agent determined that a computer in the area was hosting images of child pornography using a peer-to-peer file sharing program. The agent was able to download several files depicting child pornography from this computer. Further investigation traced the computer to Foreman’s residence.
On October 1, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Foreman's residence. During an interview, he admitted to downloading all ages of child pornography.
A search and subsequent analysis of Foreman’s computer revealed that it contained a video showing a toddler being sexually assaulted. Also discovered were logs of online conversations between Foreman and at least one other individual, during which Foreman offered to exchange and distribute the video depicting the toddler’s abuse.
A criminal complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
It is another case 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. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”