Missouri man gets 30 years for trying to get child porn from Beaufort County teen

BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A man from another state has been sentenced to over 30 years in federal prison for trying to get child porn from a Beaufort County teenager over two years ago.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says it received a report about a sex offense involving a 15-year-old girl on January 27, 2022.

The sheriff’s office says Jason Bernard of Springfield, Missouri, contacted the teen via Instagram and asked for acts of child pornography.

Deputies were able to identify the 52-year-old as a suspect and requested help from Homeland Security.

Building upon the sheriff’s office’s investigation, federal investigators charged Bernard with sexual exploitation of a minor, coercion/enticement of a minor, and receipt/distribution of child pornography.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Missouri, Bernard pleaded guilty to all counts on August 29, 2023.

He was sentenced to 30 years and five months in federal prison without parole as well as a lifetime of supervised release after his incarceration. He was also ordered to pay $171,000.00 in restitution.

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