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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

KC Truck Driver Sentenced to 30 Years for Transporting a Minor for Sex

Project Safe Childhood

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for transporting a child victim on a cross-country trip during which he sexually abused that victim and another child victim.

Jesse Luuloa Pier, 42, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 30 years in federal prison without parole.

On Oct. 2, 2013, Pier pleaded guilty to transporting a minor across state lines to engage in criminal sexual activity. Pier – a commercial truck driver – admitted that he transported a minor victim on a cross-country trip with the intent to engage in sexual activity on several occasions between June 1 through 17, 2007.

On June 9, 2007, Pier and the child victim arrived in Elgin, S.C. Pier attended a party in Elgin, where he met a local minor boy. While staying overnight, Pier molested the minor, who informed authorities. Pier was charged in state court, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct with a minor and was sentenced to 13 years in the South Carolina State Department of Corrections. Pier’s 30-year federal sentence will be served consecutively to his state imprisonment.

Pier committed abusive sexual acts on the minor victim in this case on at least two occasions after forcing him to watch a pornographic video.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Daly. It was investigated by the FBI, the Abilene, Kan., Police Department and the Elgin, S.C., Police 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."
Updated January 15, 2015