Jamestown man charged in sex crimes with minors
Special to the OBSERVER
A Jamestown man has been indicted in a number of child pornography and sex trafficking charges.
U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced a federal grand jury has returned a 14-count indictment charging James A. Chapman, a/k/a Fatz Guy, a/k/a Perverted Doe, 37, with enticement of a minor; sex trafficking of a minor; production, distribution, possession, and receipt of child pornography; and making a false statement. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between Nov. 24 and 25, 2014, the defendant attempted to coerce a minor to engage in prostitution and sexual activity. On those same dates, Chapman recruited two minor victims (Victim 1 and Victim 2) to engage in a commercial sex act. In addition, the defendant is accused of producing a visual depiction of their encounter. On multiple occasions between Dec. 14, 2016, and April 7, 2017, Chapman distributed an image of child pornography depicting Victims 1 and 2.
On April 7, 2017, Chapman coerced a third minor victim (Victim 3) to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction. The defendant also received, possessed and distributed child pornography depicting Victim 3.
The indictment further states that on Jan. 24 the defendant made a false statement to a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation claiming that he thought Victim 1 and Victim 2 were 18 years-old, when in truth and in fact, Chapman knew they were minors. In addition, the defendant possessed images of child pornography on his cellular telephone and social media account.
The defendant was arraigned Thursday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and is being held pending a detention hearing on Monday, at 11:30 a.m.
Anyone with information about James Chapman’s, a/k/a Fatz Guy, a/k/a Perverted Doe, contact with minors is urged to call the FBI Buffalo office at 856-7800 and to press zero and to ask to speak with an agent about James Chapman.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin P. Lyons, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.