CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A southeast Texas man has was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison following his conviction for possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Corpus Christi Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Jason Thomas Dreyer, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos to 60 months in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. Gonzales Ramos also ordered Dreyer to follow these requirements:
- obtain sex offender treatment,
- have no contact with minor children without adult supervision,
- cannot seek employment where minors congregate, and
- have no Internet access without court permission.
Dreyer will also be required to register as a sex offender. Dreyer pleaded guilty to the charge Dec. 5, 2013.
"Today's sentence resulted from the great collaborative work among Corpus Christi-based law enforcement agencies," said Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge of the HSI Houston. "Our common goal is to protect our children from being sexually exploited by prosecuting those who are involved with child pornography."
In December 2012, Dreyer was identified through an undercover investigation as an online user who was offering child pornography for distribution. That month and next, detectives successfully downloaded child pornography from Dreyer.
Dreyer later admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography on the Internet through file-sharing software. A forensic evaluation of Dreyer's computer led to the discovery of numerous images and more than 100 videos of child pornography. The majority of the images and videos were of prepubescent girls engaged in sexually explicit conduct with adult men.
Dreyer was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke, Southern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.
This investigation was conducted under HSI's Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 10,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2013, more than 2,000 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative.
HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.
HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.