Texas man sentenced to 30 years for making child porn, molesting seven children

Jason Paul White, 42, of Lubbock, Texas, will spend 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to child sex abuse and making photographs of seven boys molested.

According to court documents, between 2004 and 2020, when White was between 25 and 41 years old, he engaged in sexual activity with boys aged 13 to 16.

At the age of 29, White filmed a video of himself having oral sex on a minor and sexually arousing the minor with a sex toy. He also filmed the minor sexually arousing with the same toy. The Justice Department said he filmed child pornography on at least six other occasions.

The Justice Department reported that in addition to the prison sentence, he would have a life supervised release and would have to pay $58,000 in damages to his victims.

A Texas man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for creating child pornography and molesting seven children. In this photo illustration, a small child cries on a ladder.
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“The expansion of the Internet has caused an explosion in the child pornography market,” the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a 2016 report to Congress.

In 2018, 69,425 cases of child pornography were filed with the US Sentencing Commission. Experts say the incidence of child pornography has also increased in response to the increasing number of children using the Internet during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The issue is a worldwide problem, according to Thorne, a firm dedicated to using technology to fight such content, but the US is one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of child sexual abuse material.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reviews more than 25 million images of alleged child sexual abuse each year – more than 480,769 images per week. Most of the images are children under the age of 8, including babies and toddlers.

An increasing amount of child sexual abuse material takes place on live-streaming where consumers pay to watch the violated child in real time.

“This type of abuse is incredibly difficult to detect, due to its real-time nature and the lack of digital evidence following a crime,” said a 2020 Thorn report.

Sometimes the children in the images are victims of child sex trafficking, who are forced to take sex images and videos by pornographers or even caregivers.

As a result, some of the children involved may not even realize that they are being exploited, may consider it normal, or may be their only means of survival. According to the FBI, some individuals may voluntarily or coercively, fraudulently or coercively return to such exploitation.

For other times, children in sexual images are victims of online child sexual abuse (CSA), an issue that has also spread since the start of the pandemic. Online child sexual abuse occurs when people use social media, webcams, cell phones or live streams to groom, coerce and expose children to participate in or watch illegal sexual acts.

According to the NCMEC, CSA reports reached 4.1 million during April, which is quadruple compared to the same month last year.

The reported numbers have increased dramatically as the number of children staying home and using computers has also increased significantly due to nationwide school closures in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The US Department of Justice says the trauma for victims can last for decades. Often, survivors of online child sex abuse will fear that their images may be shared on the web so that everyone can see or worry about being identified by their images, feeling a scattered sense of security and self-ownership. can do

Those convicted of child sex abuse have a poor performance in prison. In August 2015, CBS News reported that prison inmates known to have a sexual interest in minors sometimes face “living hell” behind bars, often at the lowest rung of the prisoner hierarchy. . Other prisoners sometimes defecate in their cells, using them as sex slaves or targeting them for violence and murder in order to gain prestige.

Such criminals are sometimes kept in protective custody, but even there they are despised by other prisoners who refer to them as “chesters,” “little eyes,” “tree jumpers” or “chomos.” Which is a slang neologism made up of “child”. “and” molester.