AG: St. Albans resident & Essex Junction resident sentenced in separate cases involving child luring, child sexual abuse material

Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office announced the sentencing of two defendants today in separate cases investigated by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC).

Jason King, 46, of St. Albans, Vermont, was sentenced today in Vermont Superior Court, Franklin Criminal Division, after pleading guilty to one felony count of Luring a Child and one felony count of Promoting a Recording of Sexual Conduct by a Child.

The Court, Judge Alison Arms presiding, sentenced Mr. King by plea agreement to one year in jail and a 15-year term of probation with conditions that he complete sex offender programming, have no contact with minors, and restrict his access to the internet. If Mr. King violates the terms of his probation, he may face up to 10 years in jail. Mr. King is also required to register as a sex offender until 10 years have elapsed after the completion of his sentence.

Chase Skinner, 29, of Essex Junction, Vermont, was sentenced today in Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Criminal Division, after pleading guilty to one felony count of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials.

The Court, Judge Navah Spero presiding, sentenced Mr. Skinner by plea agreement to a 5-year term of probation with conditions that he complete sex offender programming, have no contact with minors, and that restrict his access to the internet. If Mr. Skinner violates the terms of his probation, he may face up to 5 years in jail. Mr. Skinner is also required to register as a sex offender until 10 years have elapsed after the completion of his sentence. 

VT-ICAC investigates cases of child sexual exploitation occurring over the internet, including the production and online distribution of child sexual abuse materials. VT-ICAC also provides forensic examination services, technical assistance, law enforcement training, and public education and outreach.

Every child deserves a safe childhood. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. Anyone can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, child sexual molestation, child sexual abuse material, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet. To make a report, call the 24-hour call center at 1-800-843-5678 or visit https://report.cybertip.org.

Additionally, if you are recovering from child sexual exploitation, you do not have to navigate it alone. NCMEC can help with emotional and peer support, removing content from the internet, and locating mental health professionals. For more information, please visit https://www.missingkids.org/gethelpnow/csam-resources or call the 24-hour call center at 1-800-843-5678.

Source: 6.3.2024. MONTPELIER, Vt. – Attorney General

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