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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Haven Man Indicted for Attempting to Entice a Minor for Illicit Sex

Project Safe Childhood

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a New Haven, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for attempting to entice a minor under the age of 17 (actually an undercover law enforcement officer) to engage in illicit sex.

 

Jason M. Strubberg, 26, of New Haven, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo., on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. The federal indictment replaces a criminal complaint that was filed against Stubberg on Jan. 19, 2016, which charged him with the same offense.

 

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, a detective with the Boone County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department posted an undercover online advertisement on Jan. 6, 2016, as part of an investigation to seek out potential sexual predators. Strubberg allegedly responded with several e-mails the same day. The decoy provided Strubberg with a phone number and told him she was looking for someone to help with her 14-year-old daughter’s respect issues.

 

Strubberg allegedly told the decoy he was a dominant person and agreed to help the decoy with her 14-year-old daughter as long as the decoy would sign a contract giving him permission to do so. Strubberg was sent two images of the decoy’s daughter, who he believed to be 14 years of age. Over the course of the next two days, the affidavit says, Strubberg described his plans for sexual conduct, including deviate sexual intercourse with the decoy’s daughter. Strubberg allegedly advised he would use ropes and other restraints if need be in order to prevent the decoy’s daughter from moving while he engaged in sexual conduct with her. Furthermore, the affidavit says, Strubberg sent a contract to the decoy by text message and asked her to print and sign the contract granting him permission to engage in sexual conduct with the decoy’s daughter.

 

After further e-mail correspondence, the affidavit says, Strubberg asked the decoy and her daughter to meet in person so that he could spend the day with them engaging in sexual conduct. On Jan. 8, 2016, Strubberg arrived at the meeting place and was arrested.

 

Dickinson cautioned that the charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Gonzalez. It was investigated by the Boone County, Mo., Sheriff’s 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 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 February 11, 2016