Columbia man receives 22 year sentence for child exploitation

2 years 14 hours 36 minutes ago Friday, January 19 2018 Jan 19, 2018 Friday, January 19, 2018 2:37:00 PM CST January 19, 2018 in News
By: Elli Fitzgerald, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA- A federal judge sentenced a man to more than 20 years in prison Friday for exploiting several children under 18 years old.

Jayme Walker, 43, had evidence on his cell phone of him repeatedly seeking out minors to engage in sexual activity. The victims in the case were between the ages of 13-17, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The investigation started in June 2014 when a the parents of a victim called Illinois State Police. The victim told authorities he had never met with Walker in person but they talked about it several times, despite him telling Walker of his young age. Investigators found numerous sexual and non-sexual conversations between Walker and the child victim, including dozens of photos and six videos.

Another victim, 17, exchanged sexually explicit photos with Walker and engaged in sexual activity with him. Walker attempted to set up a sexual rendezvous with a 13-year-old victim as well, but did not succeed.

Walker will serve 22 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced him to a term of supervised release for 25 years following his sentence.

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