Sexual Exploitation of a child investigation began outside the U.S. Border Missouri Man sentenced to prison

A Rogersville man has been sentenced in federal court for the sexual exploitation of two young children. 28 year old Jake Ethan Patterson was arrested following an investigation that began in June 2021, when Canadian law enforcement seized two cell phones that belonged to a citizen of Canada. Forensic analysis of the cell phones uncovered Snapchat conversations with Patterson, in which Patterson shared multiple videos and images of child pornography involving two young children aged 3 to 5 years old. Law enforcement officers interviewed Patterson, who admitted to producing the sexually explicit images of the child victims. Patterson also admitted he had additional child pornography stored on his cell phone. Patterson entered a guilty plea to the federal charges of sexual exploitation of a child in December 2022. On Friday, Jake Ethan Patterson of Rogersville was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison without parole. After his release in 25 years, Patterson will be required to be under supervised release for the rest of his life.