Federal prosecutors to ask for minimum of nine years in prison for Bristol man who solicited child pornography, had sexual conversations with teen

Published on Wednesday, 25 November 2020 12:48
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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BRISTOL - Federal prosecutors will ask a judge to sentence a Bristol man, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to having sexual communications with a 15-year-old girl, to at least nine years in prison.

Jeffrey Bacon, 61, has agreed that his attorney cannot argue for a sentence of less than five years behind bars, as the charge he pleaded guilty to, one count of soliciting child pornography, carries with it a five-year minimum, mandatory sentence, according to federal court papers detailing the plea agreement.

Officials from the U.S. Attorneys Office have said Bacon was caught communicating over a texting app with a teenager and subsequently an undercover cop who posed as the teen girl. During their communications, according to federal officials, he asked for nude photos and sent nude photos and a video of himself. He also mentioned getting a motel room, where the two could engage in oral sex with one another, according to authorities.

The plea agreement Bacon agreed to gives him some credit for his “prompt recognition and affirmative acceptance of personal responsibility” as well as his “prompt notification of his intention to enter a plea of guilty.” This resulted in his offense level, which is used in federal courts to help determine a defendant’s appropriate sentence, being reduced somewhat.

Nonetheless, federal prosecutors will ask for a prison sentence between nine years and 11 years and three months. The judge will not be bound by the guidelines set forth by prosecutors, and Bacon will not have the right to withdraw his plea if his sentence is outside of these parameters, the plea agreement indicates.

The agreement also says Bacon will have to register as a sex offender once he is released from prison and placed on supervised release. His supervised release period could be anywhere between five years to life, federal court papers said. A violation of his release conditions could expose him to as many as three years in prison.

Bacon was arrested on July 26, 2019. According to court papers, his computer was taken away by his wife prior to his arrest, possibly because he was caught using what were described as “inappropriate chat rooms,” court papers indicate. Federal authorities said the Bristol resident used the Kik messaging app to meet a 15-year-old girl in a chat room designed for teenagers.

During the investigation, authorities seized Bacon’s phone and computer. According to federal court documents, authorities found him in possession of a photograph depicting a naked girl who appeared between the ages of 10 and 12.

They also found nine other images that were considered child pornography, court paper said. Three of the children in these photos were identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as known victims, according to court documents.

Federal authorities also found messages from Bacon to another individual on Kik, saying he was “working on a” 15-year-old, according to court documents. The messages continued, saying things like “Gonna meet her when I get back from vacation,” “yup take her virginity,” and “yup 15,” court papers said.

According to federal officials, Bacon in October 2018 began communicating with a 15-year-old-girl through the Kik app. The girl told Bacon she was a minor. The correspondences were reported to police and an undercover officer took control of the account, continuing to communicate with the suspect.

During the conversations, court papers said, he asked the girl for nude photos and sent nude photos of himself.

Bacon, according to court papers, asked if he could pick the girl up from school and bring her to the mall. He suggested she try outfits on for him while he masturbates, court papers said. He also said he would buy her clothes, lingerie and sex toys, according to court documents.

Federal court papers said Bacon asked the girl to get a motel room with him, where they would engage in oral sex with one another.

While communicating with an undercover officer, Bacon sent a video of a male masturbating, according to court documents. The flooring seen in the video resembled the bathroom flooring at his employer’s location, court documents continued. During the correspondences, he also sent a photo of another girl, saying he has “done this before,” according to court papers.

After the girl’s mother was made aware of the communications, she allowed her to continue to message the suspect under her supervision in an attempt to figure out his real identity, court papers said. The messages were reported to police at the end of October 2018, when police took over the girl’s Kik account.

Bacon is free on $100,000 bond and is subject to electronic monitoring pending sentencing.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 25 November 2020 12:48. Updated: Wednesday, 25 November 2020 12:50.