Spokane Valley Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Attempted Production of Child Pornography
July 16, 2018
(SPOKANE, WA.) – James Andrew Joy, 29, of Spokane Valley, Washington was sentenced last week having pleaded guilty on April 11th to Attempted Production of Child Pornography.
The sentencing was announced in a statement from the office of Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington,
Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Joy to a 15-year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 20-year term of court supervision after he is released from prison. Upon release from prison, Joy will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
According to court records, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was investigating a user’s profile on the social networking website MeetMe after it appeared the profile was soliciting images of child pornography.
SCSO’s investigation, including discovery of Internet Protocol addresses for the suspect account, showed James Joy was using the account. However, Joy had set up the account under an alias name and was purporting to be a 14-year old child.
The FBI joined the investigation and ultimately the two agencies interviewed Joy who admitted he created fictitious MeetMe accounts for the purposes of contacting juvenile females in an effort to have them produce child pornography for him.
When investigators asked Joy why he purported to be a 14-year old child in his profiles, Joy explained that if he used his real age he would have been unable to access anyone who was under 18. Joy indicated he contacted “hundreds” of minor-age females in an effort to obtain nude photographs of them, and he succeeded in obtaining photographs from about ten of them.
Joy explained that he pursued these minor-age children because it was “an adrenaline rush,” though he knew it was wrong. In several instances, Joy threatened to distribute the pornographic images he had received to the minor-aged victims' family members and friends through social networking sites unless they produced more.
The ages of Joy’s victims ranged from 13 to 16 years old. Joy also used Kik Messenger and Snapchat to communicate with minors.
This case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.