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Gray man pleads guilt to child porn indictment

From STAFF REPORTS
A Gray man was sentenced in United States District Court to two concurrent 300-month sentences following his guilty plea to a federal indictment charging him with persuading a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct.
According to police, for 10 months in 2007 and 2008, Jason Brad Ford, 30, 145 Hidden Valley Drive, Gray met a 15-year-old out-of-state girl online and directed her to engage in illegal sexual activity, including bestiality and self mutilation via the internet from his home.
Ford videotaped the activity and distributed it in online chat rooms.
An investigation into Ford’s activity began when the girl’s mother reported his plan to transport the girl to Knoxville.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation jointly investigated the violation and executed a federal search warrant on Ford’s home in March 2008. Ford has remained in federal custody since that time.
Following the guilty plea, Ford is required to remain on federal supervised release for the remainder of his life and to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.