On Friday, January 6, the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Michigan issued the following press release.
DETROIT – An offender who possessed child pornography only four months after his release from federal prison for the same offense was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison.
Ison was joined in the announcement by Angie Salazar, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Office of the Department of Homeland Security.
Jacob Jeffrey Baron, 34, of Fort Gratiot, Michigan, was sentenced by United States District Judge Sean F. Cox. As part of his plea, Baron admitted that he possessed and uploaded files of child pornography involving pre-pubescent children engaged in sex acts to Dropbox, a cloud storage service. Agents later found evidence of 191 child pornography images on Baron’s cellular phone. Baron was under supervision at the time of the offense because he had just completed a 4-year prison sentence for another federal child pornography conviction.
“Every time an image of child sexual abuse is downloaded or viewed it is a revictimization for the child involved. This significant sentence demonstrates that we will continue to protect children from recidivist offenders,” U.S. Attorney Ison stated.
“Repeat offenders like Baron are a clear and present danger to our communities and our children,” said HSI Detroit Special Agent in Charge Angie Salazar. “Our special agents and law enforcement partners will continue to investigate these despicable crimes and bring child predators to justice.”
This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Myra Din and Christopher Rawsthorne.