(STL.News) – A federal jury has found Jason Ryan Fain (38, Jacksonville) guilty of possessing videos and images depicting the sexual abuse of young children. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison followed by a potential life term of supervised release. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to the testimony and evidence presented at trial, on January 9, 2017, an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) responded to a citizen complaint at a Jacksonville residence where Fain resided. The officer recovered a USB thumb drive belonging to Fain. A subsequent search of the thumb drive revealed 3,614 images and 7 videos depicting the sexual abuse of young children, together with “selfie”-type photos depicting Fain. On October 27, 2017, Fain was arrested in Youngstown by investigators from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. During an interview, Fain admitted that the thumb drive belonged to him and that it contained “hundreds” of pornographic images of children that he had obtained from the internet.
A forensic analysis conducted by the FBI confirmed that Fain’s thumb drive had accessed a particular file-sharing network on the internet. The device also contained a document that advocated the legalization of child pornography possession.
This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
This 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.justice.gov/psc.