Jefferson County Man Charged in Child Pornography Case Appears in Court


A Jefferson County man charged with pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance made his first appearance in court on Monday afternoon.

Despite the serious charges Jason Rivers is facing, his bond was reduced from $100,000 to $2,500. Officials said his bond was reduced because his charges are Felony 4 and Felony 5’s. They also took into account the fact that he has no prior criminal record, and that he is a military veteran. 

Rivers and his co-defendant Abigail Mann allegedly engaged in sexual contact with two different children, including a 2-year-old from January to March 2015.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said he received several pages of text messages between Mann and Rivers, speaking of having sex with young children.

Rivers was ordered to have no contact with the victims or anyone under the age of 16. He is also ordered to  have no contact with Mann.

His case will be bound over to the Jefferson County Grand Jury. His co-defendant, Mann, is expected to be back in court on May 27.

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