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Jacobi sentenced to 35 years on child pornography charges

Jennifer Jacobi, 35, of Greenville was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment late Thursday by U.S. District Judge John Daniel Tinder following her guilty plea to two counts of producing child pornography.
The case was the result of a several-month investigation by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office, Piscataquis County (Maine) Sheriff’s Office, Brownville (Maine) Police Dept., Indiana State Police, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Indianapolis) and the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).
In 2005, Jacobi produced child pornography involving two minors, ages 9 and 6. The images of the two girls were located in Maine on Feb. 8, 2006, during an investigation of another individual, Richard Prado, who was later charged by Maine authorities and who committed suicide in April 2006 while in custody.
Jacobi had already pleaded guilty to felony offenses of child molesting and conspiracy to commit child molesting in Harrison County and was sentenced to 76 years, with 10 years suspended, on Oct. 23, 2007.
Jacobi was alleged to have produced child pornography on 10 separate occasions involving two females between January 2005 and Feb. 16, 2006. The indictment against her alleged that Jacobi also possessed different images of child pornography on a computer hard drive and a computer disk. Jacobi admitted that she twice molested a girl during a two-year period beginning in 2004, when the victim was 8.
The federal and state sentences will run concurrent with each other.
Although state ‘good-time’ credit is day for day, federal ‘good-time’ amounts to less than 60 days per year. Therefore, a 35-year sentence would require serving nearly 30 years of ‘real-time’ before any possibility of release.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gayle L. Helart, who prosecuted the case for the government, Judge Tinder also imposed supervised release for life following Jacobi’s release from imprisonment. During the period of supervised release, Jacobi must register as a sex offender and must undergo sex offender treatment, and cannot have unsupervised contact with children.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices, PSC marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.
For more information about PSC, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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