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Former Church Youth Leader Sentenced for Enticing a Minor for Illicit Sex

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former church youth leader in Iberia, Mo., was sentenced in federal court today for attempting to entice a minor for illicit sex.

Jamey Lee Becker, 46, of Iberia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

Becker, who pleaded guilty on Jan. 4, 2017, admitted that he used the Internet and a cell phone in an attempt to entice an individual under the age of 17 to engage in illegal sexual activity between Feb. 1 and June 10, 2016.

This case was prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Miller County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

Project Safe Childhood

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

Updated June 21, 2017

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