Alabama man pleads guilty to downloading child sex abuse videos

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Jacksonville Beach police helped investigate case

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Jacksonville Beach Police Department helped investigate an Alabama man who pleaded guilty to downloading child sex abuse videos, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. 

Christopher Jaye Boykin, 34, of Lisman, was indicted in April with four counts of receiving child pornography over the internet.

He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years, up to 20 years, in federal prison on each of count.

According to court documents, in February 2014, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations determined that a host computer in Jacksonville, where Boykin was residing, was offering child pornography on a file-sharing network. Boykin later pawned that computer at a shop in Jacksonville, and it was seized by law enforcement, court documents show.

On November 14, 2014, Homeland Security Investigations agents said they executed a search warrant at Boykin’s home and seized another computer that he had used to download at least 49 videos depicting sexual abuse of young children. During an interview, Boykin admitted that both computers contained child pornography for his own “viewing pleasure," according to court documents.

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.

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