Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Manufacturing Child Pornography
John Nelson Preston, Jr., 34, from Yale, Michigan, was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for manufacturing child pornography, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. Joining in the announcement was FBI Special Agent-In-Charge Andrew G. Arena.
In February 2009, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department received a “cybertip” from America Online that an individual utilizing the screen name “mjfrog” was transmitting child pornography. Authorities identified “mjfrog” as co-defendant David Bryan Blackman, 52, and searched his home, seizing a computer and a voice modulator. On the computer, authorities found chat transcripts between Blackman and Preston. In the transcripts, Blackman posed as a mother with two pre-pubescent daughters. Blackman agreed to allow Preston to engage in sex acts with his daughters if Preston would transmit nude images of himself and a 3-year-old in his care to Blackman via webcam. Preston did so. Although no images of the nude 3-year-old were recovered, federal charges were brought based on the substance of the chat transcripts as well as other child pornography found on both defendants’ computers.
Preston pleaded guilty before Judge David M. Lawson on March 8, 2010. In addition to 15 years’ imprisonment, Preston will serve five years of supervised release following his term.
Blackman pleaded guilty on February 11, 2010. He was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment and five years’ supervised release on June 2.