Jason Lloyd Shaber, a 41-year-old Boise man who pleaded guilty to placing a Craigslist ad offering sex with a 3-year-old girl that he also sexually abused, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release — after pleading guilty in May to sexual exploitation of children by producing and distributing child pornography.
According to the plea agreement, the investigation of Schaber’s activities began in April, 2012, after Boise Police were contacted by a person who saw a Craigslist advertisement offering a 3-year-old child for prostitution. Officials say Schaber, the father of two, posted several Craigslist ads online seeking sex for himself as well as the child. One of sex ads stated “desperate times calls for desperate measures.” Another ad, prosecutors say, had a graphic description of the prostitution plans with the child. “Hurry before your once in a lifetime opportunity passes you by,” the ad stated
Investigators worked with Craigslist and Google and traced the ads back to Schaber in mid-May, according to reports. Boise Police investigators obtained a warrant to search Schaber’s home, which they executed on May 31, 2012.
Schaber, who was issued a $1 million dollar bond. has been in custody since his arrest.
The plea agreement states that Schaber produced 26 sexually-explicit images and videos of female minors who were less than six years of age — and distributed child pornography that he had produced himself , or that he had obtained from the Internet. The images and videos depicted actual and simulated intercourse, oral sex and the lascivious exhibition of the genitals and pubic area of the minors, according to the plea agreement, reports said.
“Mr. Schaber well deserves the lengthy sentence the Court imposed,” said Olson. “His horrific conduct victimized an innocent child. I applaud the quick and efficient work of the ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) investigators in this case. We hope for the ongoing recovery of the victims in this case.”
The case included investigators from the Boise Police Department, the Ada County Sheriff’s Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and other agencies.
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.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
The child, who is known to Schaber, is in the custody of the state.