The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

September 6, 2012

Joplin man pleads guilty to child porn charges

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Joplin man will serve 50 years in federal prison plus face sentencing on state charges after pleading guilty Thursday in federal court to using a 4-year-old girl to produce pornography.

Jason Dewayne Beshears, 30, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Springfield to eight counts of producing child pornography.

In the plea, Beshears admitted to exploiting a minor child on Aug. 28, 2010, and seven times between May 5 and Aug. 9, 2011, to make pornographic videos of the child.

Authorities said the activity was discovered about 10 p.m. Aug. 9, 2011, when a Joplin man called the Joplin Police Department to report that he had found his 4-year-old daughter in a bedroom being photographed by Beshears behind a closed door. The father took the girl from the room and returned to confront Beshears, but Beshears was gone.

Police found Beshears a block down the street attempting to flee in a taxi, authorities said.

Beshears admitted to police that he had sexually assaulted the child and had previously filmed sexual assaults of the girl.

Search warrants later were obtained for two computers, a cellphone and a digital camera belonging to Beshears.

Charges involving the sexual assault were filed in Jasper County Circuit Court. Under the federal plea agreement, Beshears will plead guilty to statutory rape and sodomy, and agree to a state prison sentence of life.

The affidavit accompanying the state’s charges cited 10 videos filmed at two addresses in Joplin. The document alleged that Beshears molests the girl in four of the videos, sodomizes her in three others and rapes her in the final three, including the last one when her father comes into the room and discovers the crime.

A sentencing date in the federal case is to be set by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr.

Federal authorities said the federal and state sentences will be ordered to run concurrently.

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