Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Clement Ashford Reeves, Jr. (74, Yulee) to five years in federal prison for receiving videos over the Internet depicting children being sexually abused. He was also ordered to serve a five-year term of supervised release upon his release, to forfeit his computer media, and to register as a sex offender.
According to court documents, an agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations began an undercover operation to identify persons using the Internet to receive and share child pornography. The agent learned that a host computer in Florida had been sharing child pornography since December 15, 2011. That computer was traced to Reeves’s residence.
On June 3, 2015, agents met with Reeves at his home. During an interview, Reeves stated that he had downloaded depictions of prepubescent children, but his preference was for young girls. He also said that he had been using the file sharing program for 10-15 years. Agents seized several computer devices that contained 22 videos depicting young children being sexually abused.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was 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