Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Jack R. Dove, III (40, Lakeland) to nine years and two months in federal prison for receiving and possessing videos and other images depicting the sexual abuse of children. The court also ordered Dove to pay $13,000 in restitution to victims of the offenses and to forfeit electronic devices used in the commission of the offenses.
Dove had pleaded guilty on March 29, 2021.
According to court documents, Dove used bitcoin to pay for membership to a particular Darknet marketplace that contained more than 100,000 videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children, the largest volume of child sexual exploitation materials on the Darknet. In March 2018, the Korean National Police Agency in South Korea seized the computer server that was used to operate the website.
This particular Darknet marketplace exclusively advertised child sexual exploitation videos available for purchase and downloading by members of the website using bitcoin. An analysis of the server revealed that Dove had created multiple accounts. In January and February 2017, Dove used one of his accounts to purchase “points” from the website. Dove then used those “points” to download and received nearly 9 gigabytes of child sexual abuse materials. In August 2018, Dove used another account to pay for “VIP” membership to this website, granting him unlimited downloads from the website for a six-month period. During his VIP membership status, Dove downloaded and received 38 videos depicting children being sexually exploited and abused, including children under the age of 12.
On November 30, 2018, federal agents executed a search warrant at Dove’s residence and seized several electronic devices. Forensic analyses of those devices confirmed Dove had in fact received the child sex abuse videos he had previously purchased from the Darknet marketplace and, also, that he possessed additional materials depicting the sadistic sexual abuse of young children, including infants and toddlers.
“As crimes become more sophisticated and advanced technology is being used to sexually exploit young children, our HSI special agents, and all of law enforcement must stay ahead of the criminals,” said HSI Tampa acting Special Agent in Charge Kevin Sibley. “This case is an example of a child predator who thought he could hide behind the Darknet and international borders, but was instead caught and will now be held accountable for his crimes against children.”
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. The original international investigation was led by the IRS-Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the National Crime Agency in the United Kingdom, and the Korean National Police of the Republic of Korea. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lisa M. Thelwell and Ilyssa Spergel, with assistance provided by U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney C. Alden Pelker of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.
This is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States 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, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
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