Telegraph staff report
November 22, 2013
EAST ST. LOUIS — Charlie M. Jarrett, 71, of Wood River, was sentenced Wednesday in US District Court to 10 years in prison for distribution and possession of child pornography, US attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said in a press release.
Jarrett was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to the victims of his offenses, a $200 special assessment and a $17,500 fine. Following his prison sentence, Jarrett will be on federal supervised release for life and will be required to register as a sex offender.
Court documents show that in February 2012, during an undercover Internet investigation, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation determined Jarrett was distributing child pornography using a peer-to-peer file sharing network. Agents obtained and executed a search warrant for Jarrett’s residence during which they seized Jarrett’s computer, 25 CDs and DVDs as well as a binder that contained more than 200 images of child pornography. Jarrett was interviewed and admitted to downloading child pornography from the Internet for approximately eight years and distributing the images and videos to other individuals. During an examination of Jarrett’s computer, agents recovered 2,638 image files and 60 videos.
In pronouncing the sentence, US District Judge Patrick Murphy took note of the shocking content of the images.
“The court just simply cannot get past the images that have been passed around between men,” he said. “This is a serious crime. And I hope that in this case that the word gets out, because we want them to pause. We want them to stop.”
Were it not for Jarrett’s age, Murphy said Jarrett would have been sentenced to more prison time.
“People need to know that there are men out there, like Mr. Jarrett and many others whom we have prosecuted, who join online worldwide secret networks to view, distribute and exchange some of the most shocking and sickening videos and photographs of children, toddlers and infants,” Wigginton said. “Terms like shocking, appalling and sickening simply do not accurately describe what we see in these horrific cases.”
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by US 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, visit the website www.usdoj.gov/psc. For information about Internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Metro East Cyber Crimes and Analysis Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Ali Summers.