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

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Republic Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Coercion and Enticement of a Minor

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Republic, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for the coercion and enticement of a minor.

Clifford Benjamin Kinkade, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Kinkade to 15 years of supervised release following incarceration, and ordered him to pay $29,417 in restitution to his victim.

On Oct. 9, 2018, Kinkade pleaded guilty to using the internet and a cell phone to attempt to entice a child victim to engage in illegal sexual activity.

According to court documents, Kinkade met the 14-year-old child victim, identified as “Jane Doe,” online through one of her friends. They communicated primarily through text messages and through Kik and Skype. Investigators seized Kinkade’s computer, cell phone, and tablet, which contained messages between Kinkade and the child victim. Many of the messages were sexual in nature, where Kinkade described sexual activities he would like to engage in with Jane Doe and asked her to engage in sexual activity.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Springfield, Mo., Police Department, the Greene County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, and the Kentucky State Police.

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 June 26, 2019