ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Jeffrey Allen Buley, 58, of Hendersonville, N.C., to 22 years in prison for the sexual exploitation of a child, announced Acting U.S. Attorney William T. Stetzer. Judge Reidinger also ordered Buley to serve a lifetime of supervised release, to register as a sex offender after he is released from prison, and to pay $7,602.23 as restitution to his victim.
Ronnie Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Charlotte, and Chief C. Blair Myhand of the Hendersonville Police Department join Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer in making today’s announcement.
According to court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, law enforcement learned that Buley was using the Discord messaging app to communicate with a minor male. Court records show that the communications were sexual in nature, and, on at least one occasion, Buley instructed the minor to transmit live video of himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct. On July 30, 2019, HSI agents executed a search warrant at Buley’s residence, seizing Buley’s cell phone and other electronic devices. A forensic analysis of the devices revealed that Buley used the internet to distribute and receive child pornography and to engage in sexually explicit online chats concerning minors. On June 22, 2020, Buley pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child.
Buley is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
In making todays’ announcement, Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer thanked HSI and the Hendersonville Police Department for their investigation of the case.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form.