The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 24, 2013

Joplin man gets 50-year sentence for producing child porn


From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — Jason Dewayne Beshears, 31, Joplin, was sentenced Friday to 50 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole for producing child pornography with a 4-year-old child.

U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple also ordered Beshears to pay $10,000 in restitution to his victim, and said Beshears will spend the rest of his life on supervised release if he completes his prison term.

On Sept. 6, 2012, Beshears pleaded guilty to eight counts of producing child pornography.

According to Tammy Dickinson, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Beshears admitted that he exploited a minor victim over a one-year period to produce digital videos of child pornography.

Joplin police officers were called to Beshears’ apartment at about 10 p.m. on Aug. 9, 2011, in response to a complaint that a man found his 4-year-old daughter inside Beshears’s bedroom with the door shut. Beshears was taking pictures of the child. Her father removed her from the room went back to confront Beshears, but when he returned to the room, Beshears was gone.

Joplin police officers located Beshears about a block away, attempting to leave in a taxi, and took him into custody. Beshears admitted to officers that he had sexually assaulted the 4-year-old child and had previously filmed this type of activity.

More than 600 images of child pornography were recovered from Beshears’s digital media. Investigators conducted a forensic examination of Beshears’ laptop computer and found a large quantity of video files of various forms of sexual abuse being conducted by Beshears on the child victim, as well as numerous images of child erotica. The video files were downloaded to Beshears’ laptop from March 2010 to Aug. 9, 2011.

Investigators also found more than 20 photos and three videos of sexual abuse being conducted by Beshears on the child victim, which were dated Aug. 9, 2011, on his Panasonic digital camera.

Beshears must forfeit to the government two laptop computers, an Apple iPhone and a digital camera that were used to commit the offenses.