Former Santa Claus and Magician for kids’ parties sentenced for producing child porn in North Carolina

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Leander Dewey Jones

Leander Dewey Jones

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years imprisonment, followed by a lifetime of supervised release for charges of child pornography.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said 65-year-old

used to be employed as a Santa Clause and magician for kids’ parties.

Jones was discovered producing child porn of his two grandchildren while they were in his care.

In May of 2015 Jones brought his desktop computer in for repair at a store in Raleigh.

While techs were examining the computer hard drive for viruses and malware, they located a folder containing child porn.

The tech alerted the store owner who then contacted Raleigh Police.

A search warrant was obtained and an examination of items seized revealed nearly 4,000 images of child porn on the computer and on the external hard drives.

1,000 other images were also seized from CDs and floppy disks.

On May 9, 2016 Jones pled guilty to child porn charges and his sentencing was completed on August 30.

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