Georgia couple with ties to the Boy Scouts sentenced to combined 90 years for production of child pornography

Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Albany, Georgia: A Valdosta, Georgia couple that was arrested in 2020 on charges of production of child pornography. At the time of their arrest in September, it was believed that Jayson E. Wright and Kara Wright "enticed four minor children to engage in sexually explicit acts which were filmed or photographed."

 

On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, it was announced that they had been sentenced to a combined 90 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Louis Sands.

 

36-year-old Jayson previously plead guilty to two counts of production of child pornography. He was sentenced to the maximum possible of 360 months per count for a total of 720 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release. He will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life as well as pay $625,000 in restitution to the four victims.

 

33-year-old Kara pled guilty earlier to one count of production of child pornography and was sentenced to 360 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release. She is being ordered to pay $415,000 in restitution to the four victims and will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of her life.

 

“The Wrights have justifiably received the maximum prison sentences allowed under law for their unconscionable and heinous acts against children,” said U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners will do everything in our power to protect children from predators such as the Wrights who deviously take advantage of a child’s vulnerability.”

 

“The defendants’ heinous predatory behavior is deserving of a lengthy prison sentence to ensure they cannot inflict further harm on other victims,” said Special Agent in Charge Katrina Berger, who oversees Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) operations in Georgia and Alabama. “We are very appreciative of the invaluable assistance and teamwork we receive from our law enforcement partners on cases like this.”

 

“The close working relationship between the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and our state and federal partners is crucial to capturing child predators like the Wrights and holding them accountable so they will never harm another innocent child,” said Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk.

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