Jonathan Edward Manigault Sentenced for Child Pornography

Jonathan Edward Manigault Sentenced for Child Pornography

South Carolina Man, Jonathan Edward Manigault Sentenced to 40 Years for Production and Receipt of Child Pornography

PIKEVILLE, KY (STL.News) A South Carolina man, Jonathan Edward Manigault, 36, was sentenced on Monday to 480 months in federal prison, by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, for one count of production of child pornography and one count of knowingly receiving child pornography.

Manigault admitted that he directed Christina B. Mitchell, of Pike County, to take photographs of a 3-year-old victim engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  Manigault provided Mitchell with specific, detailed instructions on what types of explicit photographs to produce and provide him.  According to the plea agreement, Mitchell transmitted the photographs to Manigault using the Facebook Messenger application.  Thereafter, Manigault had Mitchell agree to produce additional images of an additional underage victim.

Manigault pleaded guilty in September 2020.

Mitchell pleaded guilty, on August 26, 2019, to two counts of producing child pornography.  According to her plea agreement, Mitchell produced sexually explicit images of a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old victim.  Mitchell was sentenced to 420 months in federal prison, in February 2020.

Under federal law, Manigault and Mitchell must serve 85 percent of their prison sentences. 

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