Jeff City man pleads guilty to attempted child sex trafficking
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City man pleaded guilty in court Monday to attempted sex trafficking of a child.
United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson said officials arrested 30-year-old Jeremy Bappert on July 25, 2013 after an undercover investigation revealed Bappert was trying to arrange to have sex with a 12-year-old girl.
Officials said a confidential informant received a text from Bappert asking to find a young girl. The informant told the Columbia Police Department, and a police detective told the informant to tell Bappert a person named "Julie" had a child for him.
Officials said a police detective assumed the role of "Julie" and exchanged a number of texts with Bappert. The detective told Bappert "Julie" had a 12-year-old daughter.
Officials said Bappert offered "Julie" money and drugs in exchange to meet the 12-year-old.
On July 25, 2013, officials said Bappert arranged to meet at a restaurant in Columbia. When Bappert arrived, officials arrested him. An investigation of his cell phone revealed 246 images and six videos of child pornography.
Bappert is facing a minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole and a maximum sentence of life in federal prison without parole, plus up to a $250,000 fine.
A sentencing hearing has not been set yet.