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Case Number: 1:19-cr-10367-DJC
Judge: Denise J. Casper
Court: United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney's Office
Description: Boston, Massachusetts sexual exploitation of children under the age of fours of age charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Jakob Nieves, age 21, who also goes by the name Dakota, 21
In August 2020, Nieves pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of children, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
As part of an investigation into the use of Kik messenger for the trade of child pornography, an undercover agent communicated with Nieves via Kik. During the course of those communications, Nieves told the agent about the ways that she sexually abused two children known to her, and sent the undercover agent images and videos that Nieves had produced, which depicted Nieves sexually abusing one of those children.
On Aug. 14, 2019, when agents searched Nieves’s home, she admitted to distributing images and videos of child pornography to a user she met in a Kik group geared toward individuals interested in pedophilia. Forensic analysis of Nieves’ cell phone revealed pornographic images and videos of two children known to Nieves, both of whom were under the age of four, as well as thousands of child pornography images depicting at least 175 victims personally unknown to Nieves.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Paruti, Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Unit and Mendell’s Project Safe Coordinator, prosecuted the case.
18:2251(a) and (e) - SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN
18:2252A(a)(2)(A) and (b)(1) - DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
18:2252A(a)(5)(B) and (b)(2) - POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Outcome: The Court orders the defendant committed to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons for a term of 360 months. Upon release, the defendant is placed on supervised release for a term of 5 years with special conditions. The Court further imposes forfeiture and a special assessment of $400.