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Nassau County man pleads guilty to child porn charges

Investigation began in December 2011

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NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – A 73-year-old man from Nassau County pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the internet.

Clement Ashford Reeves, Jr. faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years in prison, but could receive up to 20 years.

A sentencing date has not been set.

According to court documents, a Homeland Security agent began an undercover operation to identify people receiving and sharing child pornography over the internet. 

The agent said a host computer in Florida had been sharing child pornography since December 2011. That computer was traced to Reeves' home.

Agents met with Reeves at his home in June 2015.

During an interview, Reeves stated that he had downloaded depictions of prepubescent children, but that his preference was for young girls, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Investigators said Reeves also told them he had been using the file sharing program for 10-15 years. Agents seized several computer devices that contained 22 videos depicting young children being sexually abused.      

It 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.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc