A Jacksonville man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for distributing child pornography. 

United States District Judge Brian J. Davis sentenced Pryce Elijah Demars, 25, to federal prison for distributing child pornography over the internet.

Demars was arrested on Nov. 15, 2017, and has been in custody ever since.

According to investigators, Demars distributed videos depicting young children being sexually abused over the internet. He admitted, among other things, that he had searched for child pornography on the internet, downloaded it, and distributed it to another individuals.

FBI agents were also able to identify a minor child whom Demars had sexually molested on several occasions. Demars also had offered to take explicit photos of the child and had introduced the child to another individual, over the internet.

Demars pleaded guilty last year and must also serve a lifetime term of supervised release and register as a sex offender.

          “Investigating child abuse and exploitation is among the most important work in the FBI,” said Charles P. Spencer, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. “This case represents both our relentless pursuit of predators who seek to harm innocent children, and steadfast determination to ensure they are sentenced to the maximum punishment possible under law.”   

          This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Jacksonville, Plano (Texas), and Springfield (Illinois), and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

This is another case 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.