FL deacon convicted in child pornography case: Feds

Jonathan High, a Florida deacon, took videos of two young boys in a church bathroom, according to federal officials.

Jonathan High, a Florida deacon, took videos of two young boys in a church bathroom, according to federal officials.

A deacon recorded young boys using a bathroom at the Florida church where he worked, according to federal prosecutors.

Jonathan High, a 30-year-old deacon, was convicted on October 4 of two counts of using a child to produce child pornography, according to an Oct. 5 press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida. High previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

The sentencing comes after law enforcement in August 2021 received a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notifying them that a user was uploading child pornography files, officials say. Investigators said they determined the user was high.

Investigators searched High’s phone and desktop computer and found photos and videos of child pornography, according to the news release.

High produced some of the pornography he possessed, including videos of two young boys at the church in Perry where he worked as a deacon, the statement said.

High’s attorneys declined to comment on the case.

He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and a maximum combined sentence of 70 years, according to the statement.

Perry is about 50 miles southeast of Tallahassee.

Moira Ritter covers real-time news for McClatchy. She graduated from Georgetown University where she studied government, journalism and German. Previously, she reported for CNN Business.