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October 10, 2017

Auto technician gets 6 years for child pornography

William A. Jackemeyer continued viewing child pornography even after police seized his laptop computer, according to the prosecutor.
It has basically taken over his life.
— Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Jamey E. Cook
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His boss described him as a model employee with a “heart of gold.”

But William Albert Jackemeyer, 53, also compulsively collected and shared child pornography via the internet, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Jamey E. Cook told a Fauquier County Circuit Court judge Tuesday.

After about a 20-minute hearing, Judge Jeffrey W. Parker sentenced Mr. Jackemeyer to 18 years in prison but suspended 12 of them.

Mr. Jackemeyer also must register as a sex offender and remain on probation five years after his release.

In June, the automotive technician pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing and 11 counts of distributing child pornography.

Each possession count carried up to five years in prison and each distribution count carried up to 20 years in jail.

Partly because he had no serious criminal record, Mr. Jackemeyer’s sentencing guidelines recommended a minimum prison term of four years and one month to a maximum of 11 years and 10 months. Exercising discretion, judges may impose a lesser or more severe sentence than the suggested guidelines.

“Obviously, this stuff is pretty repulsive,” Judge Parker said of child pornography.

But, in explaining Mr. Jackemeyer’s sentence, the judge distinguished between pornography makers and consumers.

“This is more of the voyeur that was described here,” he said.

Judge Parker also factored into his decision Mr. Jackemeyer’s “pathetic” upbringing.

At the time of his arrest in March, Mr. Jackemeyer — separated from his wife — had been living in West Virginia.

“He was excellent,” testified Delores Huber, who operates an auto service business near Catlett. “I can’t replace him.”

Mr. Jackemeyer worked 14 years for her and never missed a day, Ms. Huber told the judge.

Given the chance, Ms. Huber said she would rehire him.

Janice Skelton — one of Mr. Jackemeyer’s sisters — traveled from Florida to testify on his behalf.

Because of their father, the children had a “horrible” home life, Ms. Skelton said.

He had a “degrading,” “demeaning” and “abusive” way of treating his children, she said.

Making that point, Ms. Skelton recalled that when her brother was about 10 years old, his father encouraged him to “peak” at his sisters while they showered.

Upon her brother’s release from jail, Ms. Skelton promised to help him “in any way I can.”

Deputy Public Defender Kevin J. Gerrity, who represented Mr. Jackemeyer, acknowledged his client’s actions as “fairly significant” and “inexcusable.”

But, for a few reasons, Mr. Gerrity asked to the judge to consider a prison term at the low end of the sentencing guidelines.

For one thing, Jackemeyer behaved as “essentially” a voyeur who viewed but did not produce child pornography, the public defender said.

An apparently traumatic upbringing could be the “underlying root” of his behavior, Mr. Gerrity said.

Mr. Jackemeyer also will have his family’s support upon release from prison, the defense attorney added.

Mr. Jackemeyer’s sister views him as “remorseful,” and his boss regards him as an “extremely valuable employee,” Mr. Gerrity said. “These are all reflections on Mr. Jackemeyer’s character.”

Prosecutor Cook reminded the judge that federal and state authorities last August seized Mr. Jackemeyer’s laptop computer, which analysis later revealed contained 233 images and 10 videos depicting child pornography.

Mr. Jackemeyer had been living near Somerville in Southern Fauquier when authorities removed that computer.

The materials showed 5- and 6-year-olds performing “disgusting and degrading and horrible acts,” Ms. Cook told the court.

After the laptop’s seizure, Mr. Jackemeyer obtained another computer and continued to view child pornography, she said.

“He was again doing these same (internet) searches” for child pornography. “He simply couldn’t stop himself.”

Ms. Cook called him a “sick and scary” individual who enjoyed making child pornography available to other “sick individuals.”

Mr. Jackemeyer spent three to four hours a day viewing children pornography, she said. “It has basically taken over his life.”
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David12 · October 14, 2017 at 5:10 am
Glad to see justice being served. Now let's see justice be served on the armed 49 year old that was arrested with a long gun past out in a snipers nest in Bealton.
BJ · October 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm
Now FIND the people that produce these videos, arrest, and put them into prison for life without parole.
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