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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

Friday, January 26, 2018

Former Joplin Teacher Indicted for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Timothy A. Garrison, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a former Joplin, Mo., middle school teacher has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to the sexual exploitation of a minor.


Amanda Ruth Schweitzer, 38, of Joplin, was charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. That indictment was unsealed and made public upon Schweitzer’s arrest and initial court appearance on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. She remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Jan. 30, 2018.


Schweitzer was a teacher at North Middle School in Joplin at the time of the alleged offenses.


The federal indictment alleges that Schweitzer used a minor to produce child pornography from March 1 to March 29, 2017. The indictment also alleges that Schweitzer transferred obscene material to the minor during that time.


Garrison cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Joplin, Mo., Police Department and the FBI.



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."

Project Safe Childhood
Updated January 26, 2018