CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Jacksonville resident Christopher Shawn Potter, 50, to 11 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography.
Potter was also ordered to serve a 20-year term of supervised release, and must pay $3,000 in restitution to a victim of his offense. Potter had pleaded guilty on April 8.
Potter worked as a teacher at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs from 2016 to 2017, and was a teacher at Orange Park High School from 1997 to 2004.
According to court documents, in February 2018, using the screen name “Mr. Fireball,” Potter engaged in online conversations with an undercover officer who was posing as a 14-year-old child. During these conversations, Potter discussed meeting the “child” for sex.
Potter also sent the “child” a video depicting a young child being sexually abused, and also sent a video of Potter performing a sexual act.
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On September 20, 2018, HSI agents and other law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Potter’s residence and seized several electronic devices. During an interview, Potter admitted sending child pornography and stated that he fantasizes about sexual acts with young girls.
Potter’s smart phone contained 15 videos and 6 images depicting child pornography, as well as logs of online conversations on social media in which Potter discussed his sexual fantasies involving children.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, the Orange Park Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Palatka Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
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