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Man charged with distribution of child porn enjoyed 'thrill of hunt'

Jason James Neiheisel, 27, was arrested May 4

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Attorney's office has charged a Jacksonville man with distributing child pornography over the internet.

Jason James Neiheisel, 27, was arrested on May 4 at his residence by FBI agents.

According to the criminal complaint, during an online investigation of individuals using the Internet to trade child pornography, an FBI task force officer downloaded several videos depicting children being sexually abused from a computer at Neiheisel’s residence. When agents made contact with him at his home, Neiheisel told them, among other things, that he had been downloading child pornography for “a while,” and that he enjoyed the “thrill of the hunt” to see what kind of child pornography files he could find.

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. 

Neiheisel faces between five and 20 years in federal prison if convicted.