JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment accusing Scott Matthew Yotka (47, Jacksonville) of producing and distributing materials depicting young children being sexually abused. Yotka risks a mandatory sentence of at least 15 years and up to 80 years in federal prison and a possible life sentence for release supervision. Yotka was arrested at his residence by FBI agents on September 17, 2021 and is currently being held pending trial.
According to court documents, on September 15, 2021, using the name “Scottnjax44”, Yotka used a special application on social media (app) to participate in online private conversations with an undercover FBI taskforce officer in Washington, DC, who posed as the parent of a child. Yotka and the undercover officer discussed in detail the sexual exploitation of children. Yotka stated that he was sexually active with two small children, both of whom were unable to speak. Yotka sent the undercover officer several photos and a video depicting two children who were sexually abused. Yotka also stated that he was employed as an “emergency dispatcher” and worked “12-hour shifts.”
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The FBI’s investigation traced the instant messaging activity to Yotka’s residence in Jacksonville and determined that the same “Scottnjax44” account was also accessed from the City of Jacksonville facility in the Ed Ball building in downtown Jacksonville. FBI agents coordinated with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) and confirmed that Yotka was employed by the JSO as a police emergency communications officer and that he routinely worked a 12-hour night shift.
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On the morning of September 17, 2021, the FBI, assisted by the JSO, executed a federal search warrant at Yotka’s residence and arrested Yotka. Following his arrest, Yotka resigned from his position at JSO.
An indictment is merely an allegation, and each defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until proven guilty.
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This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Jacksonville and Washington, DC and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
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