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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Sapulpa Man Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography via Text Messaging

TULSA, Okla. – A 32-year-old man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of one count of sexual exploitation of a child, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. Justin Lee Boyer pleaded guilty Aug. 6, 2018.

Today, U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced Boyer to 25 years in prison. Boyer will also serve 10 years on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Boyer will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

“Boyer used technology to sexually exploit a young girl for his perverse sexual gratification. Federal agents and prosecutors are ever vigilant in their efforts to protect our children online,” said U.S. Attorney Shores. “Project Safe Childhood is a priority for this office.”

At the time of his plea, Boyer admitted he engaged in text messaging and used Skype to communicate with a 10-year-old girl who resided in another state. As a result of those conversations, the young girl produced visual depictions of sexually-explicit conduct and sent them to Boyer using her cell phone.

Boyer has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The FBI, Jefferson County, Colorado, Sheriff’s Office, Creek County Sheriff’s Office and the Sapulpa Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey A. Gallant and Shannon Cozzoni 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 United States Attorney’s 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.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
Lennea Montandon 918-382-2755
Updated November 9, 2018