Columbia Man Indicted for Child Sexual Exploitation
JEFFERSON CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Columbia, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for the sexual exploitation of a minor.
Jayme Nathaniel Walker, 40, of Columbia, was charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo., on Oct. 28, 2015. That indictment was unsealed and made public upon Walker’s arrest and initial court appearance on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Walker remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.
The federal indictment alleges that Walker used the Internet and a cell phone to attempt to entice a minor victim to engage in illicit sexual activity between June 17 and Nov. 8, 2013.
The indictment also charges Walker with transferring obscene materials to a minor under the age of 16 on June 18, 2013.
Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges 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 FBI, the Illinois State Police and the Boone County, Mo., Sheriff’s 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.”