For several years, Greer reportedly "received, possessed, and distributed child pornography on the internet."
According to the Attorney’s Office, Greer tried to conceal evidence by using internet platforms instead of using his own electronic devices, and he would sometimes delete files. However, on Feb. 4, 2015, the Attorney’s Office said law enforcement executed a search warrant at his home and seized numerous electronic devices containing child pornography.
A day after his arrest, Greer was released on bond and ordered to wear a GPS ankle monitor while living with his grandmother, KIRO-TV reports.
In May 2016, Greer’s ankle monitor had reportedly been removed. Authorities began a search for Greer, and according to the Attorney’s Office, they found a "suicide note" by Greer’s abandoned car near a lake, but Greer’s body was nowhere to be found.
According to KIRO, investigators concluded that Greer had fled Iowa with a car he had bought for $1,000, a bow, arrows, and survival gear. He was reportedly last seen at a Walmart in Montana on June 3, 2016, wearing a camouflage hat. He reportedly "had plans to live off the land in remote areas of the upper western states or southern Canada, hiding out in abandoned cabins."
On Monday, Jan. 30, the Attorney’s Office announced that Greer was sentenced to 20 years in prison and will have to pay $12,000 in restitution to the victims of the child pornography he collected. Greer will reportedly be placed on supervised release for five years after his prison sentence and will also have to register as a sex offender.
In a statement, United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal said, "Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our law enforcement partners, including the United States Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force, sex offender Jacob Greer failed in his attempt to avoid accountability for these serious charges involving the exploitation of children."