Midland Man to Plead Guilty to Child Pornography Charges 9/17/13
CBS 7 News
September 17, 2013
UPDATE: Following his arrest in late May, 39-year-old Jason Trott will stand before a Judge in Federal Court today to plead guilty to charges of advertising child pornography.
According to Federal Prosecutor Austin Berry, Trott was nabbed by Homeland Security for downloading and sharing hundreds of pornographic images and videos of minors through a bit torrent of file sharing site, similar to Napster or Limewire, called Peer-to-Peer.
Berry tells CBS 7 that the titles of the images and videos downloaded and shared were so incredibly graphic that Trott was charged with advertising child pornography. Trott faces anywhere from15 to 30 years in prison for these charges.
May 30, 2013
Midland – It only took 12 days for a special agent with the department of homeland security to track down 39-year-old Jason Trott at his apartment through his IP address. According to the arrest affidavit, Trott was sending videos online of explicit and very disturbing sexual acts involving young children.
Trott remains in federal custody on charges of advertising a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The things we read in the affidavit are extremely graphic, and terrible things that have happened to these children as young as three. After looking at these documents CBS7 was led to the question of what happens with these victims and how do they cope after being removed from these situations.
“Children who are victims of pornography live with it the rest of their lives, once you are a victim of abuse, you have the tendency to become involved in very self destructive behaviors,” said Harmony Home Executive Director Denise Malm.
Sadly it is something that, according to law enforcement is becoming more and more common in the Midland/Odessa area as our population continues to grow and our society becomes even more technologically driven.
“You’re not anonymous on the Internet, you leave a trail wherever you go, whatever you do, whatever you copy and whatever you send, there is a trail left somewhere and it can be followed,” said Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter.
Which is exactly how Midland’s Homeland Security was able to track down Trott. But tracking down the victims of the crimes, gets a bit harder. “Most child pornography is extremely difficult to locate the victims unless the perpetrator has a relationship with the child in the pictures, it’s really difficult to find those victims,” said Malm.
The Virtual Global Taskforce are just one of many groups who work around the clock trying to find child pornography victims. But the best way to find the victims is to simply be educated and let someone know.
“When someone sees it, report it, when they find it on a computer, when they find it on a camera, report it and then we can do something about it,” said Painter.
Officials say the biggest thing parents can do is look for symptoms, watch your children, see who they stray away from and most importantly have your child go through counseling if something like this does occur.
Trott is charged with advertising a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. We found out that under federal law, it is illegal to knowingly print, publish, or provide, any advertisement to receive...exchange...produce or distribute visual depiction involving the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
This statute also applies when someone knows that this type of material exists on a computer, such as this case involving Trott.
"There are different levels of punishment that will go along with it, and when this individual stands in front of the United States District Judge, he better grab himself, because he's fixing to take a long trip," said Painter.
Trott’s detention hearing will be at two on Tuesday at the federal court in Midland to determine if he gets a bond. If convicted on this charge, Trott faces at least 15 years, and up to 30 years behind bars.