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Joplin man gets 50 years in prison for producing child porn

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Updated June 24, 2013 - News release from the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri:

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Joplin, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for producing child pornography.

Jason Dewayne Beshears, 31, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple on Friday, June 21, 2013 to 50 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Beshears to pay $10,000 in restitution to his victim, and sentenced Beshears to spend the rest of his life on supervised release after completing his prison term.

On Sept. 6, 2012 Beshears pleaded guilty to eight counts of producing child pornography. Beshears admitted that he exploited a minor victim over a one-year period to produce digital videos of child pornography. Beshears is charged with exploiting a minor to produce child pornography on Aug. 28, 2010 and on seven more occasions between May 5 and Aug. 9, 2011.

Joplin police officers were called to Beshears= apartment at about 10 p.m. on Aug. 9, 2011 in response to a complaint that a man found his 4-year-old daughter inside Beshears's bedroom with the door shut. Beshears was taking pictures of the child. Her father removed her from the room went back to confront Beshears, but when he returned to the room, Beshears was gone. Joplin police officers located Beshears about a block away, attempting to leave in a taxi, and took him into custody. Beshears admitted to officers that he had sexually assaulted the 4-year-old child and had previously filmed this type of activity.

More than 600 images of child pornography were recovered from Beshears's digital media. Investigators conducted a forensic examination of Beshears= laptop computer and found a large quantity of video files of various forms of sexual abuse being conducted by Beshears on the child victim, as well as numerous images of child erotica. The video files were downloaded to Beshears= laptop from March 2010 to Aug. 9, 2011. Investigators also found more than 20 photos and three videos of sexual abuse being conducted by Beshears on the child victim, which were dated Aug. 9, 2011, on his Panasonic digital camera.

Beshears must forfeit to the government two laptop computers, an Apple iPhone and a digital camera that were used to commit the offenses.

This case was prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Joplin, Mo., Police Department, the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force and the FBI. 

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Updated September 7, 2012:  A Joplin man today plead guilty in federal court to producing child pornography.  Jason Beshears plead guilty to eight county of producing child porn which carries a 50 year prison sentence.

Under the terms of the agreement Beshears must also plead guilty to statutory rape in a separate case.  That guilty plea carries a life in prison sentence.

 

Posted August 16, 2011 - News release from the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri:

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Joplin, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with videotaping his sexual exploitation of a 4-year-old victim in order to produce child pornography.

Jason Dewayne Beshears, 29, of Joplin, was charged with one count of using a minor to produce child pornography in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mo. Beshears remains in federal custody.

According to an affidavit filed in support of today's criminal complaint, Joplin police officers were called to Beshears' apartment at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, in response to a complaint that a man found his 4-year-old daughter inside Beshears bedroom with the door shut. He removed his daughter and went to confront Beshears, the affidavit says, but when he returned to the room, Beshears was gone. Joplin police officers located Beshears about a block away and took him into custody.

Investigators conducted a forensic examination of Beshears' laptop computer, the affidavit says, and found a large quantity of video files of various forms of sexual abuse being conducted by Beshears on the child victim, as well as numerous images of child erotica. The video files allegedly were downloaded to Beshears' laptop from March 2010 to Aug. 9, 2011. Investigators also found more than 20 photos and three videos of sexual abuse being conducted by Beshears on the child victim, which the affidavit says were dated Aug. 9, 2011.

Phillips cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint 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 Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Oliver. It was investigated by the FBI, the Joplin, Mo., Police Department and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.

Project Safe Childhood

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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