Jason Paul White – a 42-year-old resident of Lubbock, Texas – will spend 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to producing images of child sexual abuse and insulting seven boys.
Between 2004 and 2020, when White was 25 to 41 years old, he engaged in sexual activities with boys aged 13 to 16, according to court documents.
At age 29, White filmed a video of himself performing oral sex on a minor and sexually stimulating the minor with a sex toy. He also filmed the minor sexually stimulating him with the same toy. He filmed pornography with the child on at least six other occasions, the Justice Department said.
In addition to his prison sentence, he will have a life-long suspended release and will have to pay $ 58,000 in compensation to his victims, the Justice Department reported.
“The expansion of the Internet has led to an explosion in the child pornography market,” the Justice Department (DOJ) said in a 2016 report to Congress.
In 2018, 69,425 cases of child pornography were reported to the U.S. sentencing commission. Incidents involving child pornography have also increased in response to the increasing number of children using the Internet during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, experts say.
Although the problem is a worldwide problem, the United States remains one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of child sexual abuse content, according to Thorn, a company dedicated to using technology to combat such content.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) reviews over 25 million images of alleged sexual abuse of children each year – over 480,769 images per week. A majority of the photos show children under the age of 8, including toddlers and infants.
An increasing amount of content of child sexual abuse is happening via live streaming, where consumers are paying to see a child being abused live in real time.
“This type of abuse is incredibly difficult to detect because of its real-time nature and the lack of digital evidence left behind by the crime,” a 2020 Thorn report said.
Sometimes the children in the pictures are victims of child sex trafficking after they have been forced to take sexual pictures and videos by pornographers or even caretakers.
As a result, some children involved may not even realize that they are being exploited, may consider it normal or their only means of survival. Some may also return to such exploitation voluntarily or by force, fraud or coercion, according to the FBI.
Other times, the children in sexual images are victims of online child sexual abuse (CSA), a problem that has also exploded since the beginning of the pandemic. Online sexual abuse of children is when people use social media, webcams, cell phones or livestreams to groom, force and expose children to engage in or watch illegal sexual acts.
Reports on the CSA reached 4.1 million during April, which is a fourfold increase in the number of reports from the same month last year, according to the NCMEC.
The number of reviews has increased dramatically as the number of children staying at home and using computers has also increased markedly due to nationwide school closures in response to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
The U.S. Department of Justice says the trauma to the victims could last for decades. Often, after sexually abusing children online, survivors will fear that their images may be shared online so that everyone can see, or worry about, being recognized from their images and feeling a shattered sense of security and self-ownership.
People convicted of sexually abusing children are doing poorly in prison. In August 2015, CBS News reported that prison inmates known for having sexual interest in minors sometimes face a “living hell” behind bars that often occupy the bottom step of the prison hierarchy. Other inmates will sometimes defecate in their cells, use them as sex slaves or attack them for violence and murder as a way to gain prestige.
Such offenders are sometimes placed in protective custody, but even they are despised by other prisoners who scornfully refer to them as “Chesters”, “short eyes”, “tree jumpers” or “chomos”, a snake neologism made by “child” . “and” molester. “