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A Kansas man was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for impersonating a minor on social media and inciting dozens of minors in the Topeka area to record and send him images and sexually explicit videos of themselves.

According to court documents, Jeffrey D. Pierce, 42, of Topeka, was a former teacher and basketball coach at Seaman High School in Topeka who posed as an underage woman on various social media platforms and instigated underage men from the Topeka area to create and send him images of themselves engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Evidence recovered from Pierce’s phones and other electronic devices shows that his exploit plan lasted at least several years and that he targeted minors in his own community, including his own students from the high school where he previously taught.

“Soliciting the production of child sexual exploitation material is a particularly troubling crime, made even more egregious when committed by someone responsible for teaching and mentoring our children,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. “Today’s sentence reflects the unwavering commitment of our prosecutors and law enforcement partners to defending victims and holding offenders accountable for their conduct.”

“Pierce, an educator and trainer, used deception, manipulation and threats to exploit the most vulnerable victims and those he was charged with protecting, our children,” said Special Agent in Charge Charles Dayoub of the FBI field office in Kansas City. “Today’s investigation into his actions and sentencing demonstrates law enforcement’s unwavering dedication to seeking justice for our most innocent victims and those unable to defend themselves.”

Pierce was also sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $55,100 in special assessments.

To date, the FBI has identified more than 80 minor victims of Pierce. Pierce’s online communications with these victims established that he coerced at least one minor into sending him additional sexually explicit material by threatening to distribute that minor’s images to others, distributed sexually explicit images of others minors and encouraged another minor to engage in sexual relations in person. driving with him while still posing as an underage woman. In total, law enforcement recovered from Pierce’s electronic devices several thousand images and videos showing underage men engaging in sexually explicit behavior, as well as hundreds of screenshots from social media accounts. belonging to other users and several images of naked and undressing minors that appear to have been taken in the locker rooms of two Topeka high schools.

The FBI investigated the case.

Trial prosecutors Kaylynn N. Shoop, Austin M. Berry and William G. Clayman of the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) prosecuted the case.

This case is brought under Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to address the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood brings together 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 the Safe Childhood Project, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc.

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