Springfield, Mo. – (11/29/17) Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for enticing a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity and producing child pornography.
Michael William Brooks, Sr., 45, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 40 years in federal prison without parole.
On March 15, 2017, Brooks pleaded guilty to one count of enticing a minor for the purpose of producing child pornography and one count of enticing a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity.
Law enforcement officers were notified of an emergency hotline call in December 2015 that reported Brooks was sexually abusing a 15-year-old victim, identified in court documents as “Jane Doe.” Investigators examined Brooks’s phone in January 2016 and found multiple pornographic images of Jane Doe. More than 200 text messages between Brooks and Jane Doe also were located, in which Brooks discussed having sexual intercourse with Jane Doe.
Brooks admitted that he had sexual intercourse with Jane Doe beginning in August 2015. Brooks also admitted he took the sexually explicit pictures of Jane Doe using his cell phone.