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Yulee man sentenced to 13 years for child porn

At time of arrest, Nicholas Clark was youth counselor, babysitter

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nicholas Mitko Clark, 22, of Yulee, was sentenced to 13 years and four months in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for transporting child pornography.

United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan also ordered him to forfeit the laptop computer and cellphone that he had used to commit the offense.

According to court documents, in April 2013, Clark used an instant messaging service to chat with an individual in Canada, with whom he exchanged child pornography. 

During the chat, Clark requested that the individual send him child pornography and advised that he likes children between the ages of and 8 and 13. After receiving an image depicting a young child, Clark responded that he already had that file and requested another one.

Clark and the individual proceeded to exchange additional files of child pornography. Through their investigation, law enforcement agents obtained Clark's cellphone and recovered several additional images of child pornography.

At the time of his arrest, Clark was employed as an afterschool counselor by a youth development organization in Northeast Florida, and worked with children through various churches. He also advertised his babysitting and child transportation services on the Internet.

Clark pleaded guilty on January 13, 2015.

"This case is especially egregious, as this pedophile actively sought to work with children, in places they should feel safe and secure," said Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa. "HSI special agents, and our law enforcement partners like the Nassau County Sheriff's Office, will continue to work diligently to protect our children from predators."