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Man pleads guilty to receiving child pornography over internet

Hundreds of images found on Green Cove Springs man's computers

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Green Cove Springs man has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the internet, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

James Jacola, 53, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years, up to 20 years, in federal prison and a potential life term of supervision, prosecutors said.

FBI agents began an online undercover investigation to identify people who were using a particular website to access and receive images and videos depicting child pornography, according to court documents.

The agents found that Jacola had accessed the website using a particular internet protocol address, prosecutors said.

A further investigation with the internet service provider traced the subscriber information to Jacola's home in Green Cove Springs. Prosecutors said law enforcement executed a search warrant March 10 at Jacola's home and seized two computers.

Subsequent forensic analyses of the items revealed that Jacola's computers contained three videos and at least 784 images depicting child pornography, investigators said.

One of the videos was downloaded the night before the execution of the search warrant. Authorities said it depicted a toddler being sexually abused.

Jacola knowingly downloaded the images and videos of child pornography contained on his computer over the internet, prosecutors said.

A sentencing hearing has not been set.