Greenfield Man Sentenced to 24 Years for Enticing Teens for Illicit Sex
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Greenfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for attempting to entice two teenage victims to engage in illicit sexual activity.
Christopher L. Johnson, 38, of Greenfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 24 years and four months in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Johnson to a lifetime of supervised release following incarceration.
Johnson, who pleaded guilty on June 28,2016, engaged in text messages and Facebook messages that were sexual in nature with two victims, identified in court documents as Jane Doe 1, who was 16 years old, and Jane Doe 2, who was 13 years old. Johnson admitted in his plea agreement that he engaged in sexual contact with Jane Doe 1 at his residence.
According to court documents, Johnson engaged in sexual intercourse with both of the minor victims. Johnson also asked Jane Doe 2 to take sexually explicit photographs of herself to send to him. Even after the investigation with Jane Doe 2 began in June 2014, Johnson did not cease his behavior, but instead moved onto Jane Doe 1.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the FBI and the Dade 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."