U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri
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November 17, 2014

High School Teacher Indicted for Child Sexual Exploitation Crimes

JEFFERSON CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a teacher at St. Elizabeth High School in St. Elizabeth, Mo., has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to the sexual exploitation of a child.

Stephen Gregory Strobel, 25, of St. Elizabeth, was charged in a four-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo., on Nov. 5, 2014. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon Strobel’s arrest and initial court appearance.

The federal indictment alleges that Strobel used a minor to produce a video of child pornography on April 22, 2014. Strobel is also charged with receiving child pornography over the Internet, distributing child pornography over the Internet and possessing child pornography between March 2014 and May 2014.

The federal indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Strobel to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offenses, including a laptop computer and an iPhone.

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 Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the FBI, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Wayne County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Department.

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