Jamy Church sentenced to more than 24 years
Published 12:00 am Friday, April 27, 2012
A Sulphur man convicted of preying on young boys on Facebook, was sentenced to 24 years by United States District Judge Patricia Milaldi here Thursday.
United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced the sentencing of Jamy Church, 34, of Sulphur. Minaldi sentenced Church to 293 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release, for enticing minors to engage in criminal sexual activities and producing child pornography.
Beginning in June of 2009, Church, who was coaching little league baseball at the time, created multiple Facebook pages using the names and images of high school females.
He then began using the false personas to contact boys between approximately 13 and 16 years of age, asking them to be “friends” on “her” Facebook page. After contacting the minor boys, he would send sexually explicit images of females that he represented to be the females from his Facebook page. Church would then ask the boys to send sexually explicit images of themselves and would also ask the boys to expose their genitals and masturbate while taking the image of themselves. Between 2009 and 2011, Church caused over 50 boys to produce sexually explicit images of themselves.
“Too many children are victimized by predators that target the most vulnerable among us — our children. This case reveals the disturbing truth that child predators will go to great lengths to sexually exploit minors, to include Facebook, to reach them. My office is committed to protecting our children,” Finley said. “We will continue to ensure that justice is served through prosecution and pursuit of heavy sentences for the individuals who seek to victimize children.”
Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans, Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., added, “This sentence should serve as a stern reminder for child sex predators who mistakenly believe they can escape justice by sexually abusing children without serious consequences. HSI will continue to work closely with its law enforcement counterparts nationally and internationally to target those who sexually exploit our children, robbing them of their innocence and their youth.”
The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Luke Walker.