Jacksonville Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge of Advertising Child Pornography
JACKSONVILLE, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces today that James Patrick Foreman (44, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of advertising child pornography. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, up to 30 years, in federal prison, and a potential life term of supervision. Foreman has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in October 2014.
According to court documents, an FBI agent began an undercover investigation to identify individuals in northeast Florida who had access to and/or were trading images and videos depicting child pornography over the Internet. The agent determined that a computer in that area was hosting and trading images of child pornography using a peer-to-peer file sharing program. The subscriber information for this computer was traced to Foreman’s residence in Jacksonville.
On October 1, 2014, a federal search warrant was executed at Foreman's residence. When interviewed, Foreman admitted that he had downloaded child pornography involving children of all ages, and had seen “1, 2, and three-year-old” child pornography. He also admitted to exchanging passwords with other users, advising others as to the type of material that he was looking for, and allowing other users to browse his collection of child pornography.
Forensic analyses of Foreman’s computer revealed that it contained at least 500 videos and 1,500 images depicting child pornography, including a video depicting a toddler being sexually assaulted. Logs of online conversations between Foreman and others discussing exchanges of child pornography were also found during the search.
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 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.