Plea agreement reached in Boise man's toddler sex case

kterhune@idahostatesman.comMay 30, 2013 

Jason Lloyd Schaber, 41, is expected to plead guilty to felony sexual exploitation of children and felony distribution of sexually explicit images of minors, according to a deal filed in U.S. District Court. He faces up to 50 years in prison for the combined charges, with a minimum possible sentence of 20 years.

Prosecutors will recommend a 30-year sentence, according to court documents.

Schaber was originally charged in Idaho's 4th District Court before the case moved to federal court. A grand jury indicted him on 23 federal charges, most of them related to making and distributing child pornography.

He was arrested in May 2012 after allegedly posting an April ad in the "Casual Encounters" section of Craigslist offering the toddler for sex, without mentioning her age. Police were tipped off by a man who responded to the ad, asking how old the girl was.

When Schaber allegedly responded that the girl was 3, the man called a child abuse hotline and the Boise Police Department, according to court documents.

Although the ad was deleted, detectives were able to trace it to Schaber's email account. They found that four other Craigslist ads offering the victim for sex had been placed from that account between September 2011 and April 2012.

Three of the five total postings advertised trading sex with the child for money, according to court documents.

Investigators said it did not appear that Schaber had met anyone or received any money through the ads.

Police obtained a warrant to search Schaber's home and seized computer and video equipment. Investigators said they found videos of Schaber having illegal sexual contact with the toddler, according to court documents. Some of the videos date back to 2010, when the child was 1.

Through a search warrant, investigators also secured access to a Gmail account allegedly used by Schaber. Through it, they said they found that he emailed pornographic material - some of the 3-year-old victim, and some involving other children - to other people between September 2011 and April 2012. Investigations into the recipients of the emails are ongoing.

Some of the recipients of the emails are people who had responded to Schaber's Craigslist ads, according to court documents.

The girl was known to Schaber, according to court documents.

Schaber will be required to undergo a psychosexual evaluation before his sentencing as part of his plea agreement. He also will be prohibited from having any contact with minors, including living or working at places that would give him access to minors. He will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

As part of the plea agreement, Schaber will largely waive his right to appeal his sentence.

The plea hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the federal courthouse in Boise.

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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