A Mt. Juliet man was sentenced today to 27-years in prison for extorting and threatening multiple minors into performing sexual acts on camera. That term of imprisonment will be followed by a lifetime of supervised release.
According to court documents, 22-year-old Caleb D. Jordan of Mt. Juliet, met three minors online through a video gaming platform. Jordan told the minors, who were between 11 and 14 years old, that people were coming to “get them” and threatened to kill or sexually assault their parents unless the minors created videos of themselves engaging in sexual activity. Jordan instructed them to perform and record specific sex acts and used these minors to create nearly 400 sexually explicit videos, some of which depict the minor victims crying or in visible distress. Jordan then attempted to sell the videos over an encrypted internet chatting application. Electronic devices seized from Jordan’s home also contained more than 10,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse material.
The suspect in the case was previously arrested at age 19 by Wilson County Sheriff's Detectives. See that story HERE.
United States Attorney Henry C. Leventis for the Middle District of Tennessee, Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and Special Agent in Charge Rana Saoud of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Nashville made the announcement.
HSI Nashville investigated the case with valuable assistance provided by HSI offices in Phoenix, Arizona, and Fort Myers, Florida.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Daughtrey for the Middle District of Tennessee and Trial Attorney Kyle P. Reynolds of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.