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

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Mountain View Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Attempted Enticement of a Minor for Sex

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Mountain View, Missouri, man has been sentenced in federal court for attempting to entice a minor for illicit sex.

Jason Matthew Perdue, 47, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool on Thursday, Sept. 3, to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Perdue will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison and will be subject to federal and state sex offender registration requirements, which may apply throughout his life.

On March 2, 2020, Perdue pleaded guilty to attempting to entice a minor for illicit sexual activity.

Law enforcement received CyberTips on July 13, 2018, when Perdue uploaded images of child pornography to his Google account. Officers executed a search warrant at Perdue’s residence on Sept. 6, 2018. Officers found a safe that contained a SanDisk flash drive with a large volume of videos and images of child pornography. Officers also seized multiple devices from Perdue’s residence, including a laptop, hard drives, a camera, a cell phone, and flash drives. Investigators conducted a forensic examination of Perdue’s devices and found numerous Skype chat messages in which Perdue engaged in sexually explicit communications with purported minors. 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).


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."

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 4, 2020