Federal Jury Convicts Marion, N.C. Man, Jacob Daylen Ross Of Child Pornography
The Defendant Paid an Individual Overseas to Live Stream the Sexual Abuse of Children
ASHEVILLE, N.C (STL.News) A federal jury in Asheville has convicted Jacob Daylen Ross, 46, of Marion, N.C. of child pornography charges, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger presided over the trial, which began on Thursday, March 4th, and ended on Monday, March 8, 2021.
Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer is joined in making today’s announcement by Ronnie Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Charlotte, and Sheriff Ricky T. Buchanan of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.
According to filed court documents and evidence presented at trial, in June 2020, law enforcement became aware that Ross was involved in the online sexual exploitation of children overseas. Trial evidence established that Ross paid individuals abroad in exchange for live stream videos depicting children being sexually abused. Specifically, according to trial evidence, on multiple occasions Ross communicated via the WhatsApp messenger application with a woman residing in the Philippines and paid the woman to sexually abuse her young children while Ross watched a live stream video of the abuse.