Junction man to serve 17 years for child porn

A Grand Junction man was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for distributing dozens of images and videos of child pornography, including one involving a 3-year-old.

U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore last week also ordered James Boblett, 34, to serve 10 years parole after he’s released from prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Federal prosecutors say Boblett engaged in multiple Internet chats with a police officer with the Kenton County, Ky., Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force between July 2011 and February 2012. The officer used the undercover persona of a divorced mother with minor daughters. During that time, Boblett distributed more than 50 images and 20 videos depicting child pornography to the undercover officer, including a video depicting a 3-year-old. Boblett also showed himself on a webcam chatting and masturbating.

During the chats, Boblett sent the undercover officer a sexually explicit image of a 13-year-old girl who authorities were later able to identify. Investigators determined Boblett had been chatting with the child over the course of a year, encouraging her to take sexually explicit pictures of herself and send them to him. He also sent the 13-year-old images of child pornography and images and videos of his penis, prosecutors say.

“The defendant distributed child pornography to countless others, which is reason enough for this lengthy sentence,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh. “As a result of the defendant’s conduct, the innocent children portrayed in those images were systematically victimized.”

Boblett was indicted on Oct. 2 and pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography 
on Dec. 19.


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