Eldon man gets 15-year sentence for sex acts with child

6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Tuesday, May 14 2019 May 14, 2019 Tuesday, May 14, 2019 2:59:00 PM CDT May 14, 2019 in News
By: Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - An Eldon man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday engaging  in illicit sex acts with a child over a two-year period.

According to a statement from prosecutors, 37-year-old James Anthony Guthrie, III, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole.

Guthrie pleaded guilty in 2018 to one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. He admitted to traveling to North Carolina five times and, while there, meeting the then-15-year-old victim at hotels for sex.

Guthrie admitted he picked up the child from school or at her house; one time, the victim’s father brought her to the hotel, investigators said.

Court documents said Guthrie met the victim online when she was 14. He engaged in sexual communications with her and even sent her gifts. Guthrie manipulated the victim and exploited the fact that others had abused her, court records said.

Guthrie admitted to communicating about sexual matters with the victim and receiving pornographic images and videos from her. Investigators examined his laptop, hard drive and DVD-R disks and found images of child pornography.
Guthrie also admitted to communicating in a sexual manner with other individuals he believed were minors and to receiving self-produced pornographic images from children who were 13-14 years old.
 

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