HOUSTON – A 51-year-old Houston man has been ordered to
prison following his convictions of receipt and possession of child
pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Jason Dion Johnson
pleaded guilty April 20, 2017.
Today, U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett took into
consideration Johnson’s position as a teacher and that he had been involved in
collecting child pornography for more than 18 years. He then sentenced Johnson
to 204 and 120 months for the receipt and possession convictions, respectively.
The sentences will run concurrently. Johnson was further ordered to pay
restitution in the amount of $70,000 to four known victims and will serve 15
years of supervised release following completion of his prison term, during
which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to
restrict his access to children and the Internet. He will also be ordered to
register as a sex offender.
The investigation into Johnson began Dec. 6, 2015, as the
FBI sought to identify persons using peer-to-peer software to traffic in child
pornography. Agents soon discovered a specific computer as offering to
participate in the distribution of child pornography movies. Johnson was
identified as the person linked to that computer.
Law enforcement executed a search warrant May 6, 2016, at
Johnson’s Houston residence, at which time investigators found a number of
videos and images of prepubescent girls being sexually exploited. Additionally,
agents allegedly found several unmarked VHS tapes which revealed the presence
of what appeared to be a hidden camera video from a changing area within a
school. On these tapes, there are young female students who are observed to be
entering the camera’s field of view and removing their clothing while in the
process of changing into a uniform. Agents also found a pile of girls underwear
at his residence.
At the time of the investigation, Johnson was employed as a
grade Social Studies teacher at Beechnut Academy in Houston. However,
authorities do not believe the footage was taken at that school.
Johnson will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S.
Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The FBI conducted the investigation.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly
Ann Leo, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative
launched in May 2006 by the 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. For more information
about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more
information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab