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Man sentenced to 15 years for soliciting child porn on Facebook

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Chad Jason Lansford, 31, of Jacksonville, was sentenced  to 15 years in federal prison for soliciting images of child pornography over Facebook from a 9-year-old child, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

According to court documents, law enforcement officers responded to a January 2015 complaint from the mother of the girl who found several explicit images on her daughter’s Facebook account. The mother identified two of the images as depicting her daughter.  

A review of the child’s iPod revealed online conversations through Facebook between the child and Lansford, including a message Lansford had sent to the child on Jan. 2 that included images of his genitalia.  During Lansford and the child’s online conversation that day, the child told Lansford that she was 9. Despite this knowledge, Lansford repeatedly requested that she take and send to him pornographic pictures of herself.  Eventually, the child complied with Lansford’s demands.

Lansford has been in custody since his arrest on March 12, 2015, and pleaded guilty on July 6.

In addition to the 15 years in prison, Lansford was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release and to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.