A federal grand jury indicted a Golden City man Tuesday on charges of enticement of a child and exploitation of a minor in the production of child pornography.
Elliot A. Nelson, 31, was charged in a two-count indictment handed up in U.S. District Court in Springfield. The document alleges that Nelson solicited graphic nude photos of a 15-year-old girl via Facebook Messenger between April 11 and April 22, and that he used both the internet and a cellphone in an attempt to get her to engage in sexual activity with him.
A probable-cause affidavit filed with the charges states that Facebook on May 15 informed the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that the company had discovered a chat session in which an adult male appeared to have been soliciting a minor for sex. The adult male was a Facebook user whose profile identified him as "Elliott Nelson," according to the affidavit.
The Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and Immigration and Custom Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations were notified, and an investigation led to the arrest of Nelson on June 5 and the serving of a search warrant on his residence.
In a Joplin police interview, Nelson purportedly admitted knowing the girl involved and knowing that she was under 18. He told investigators that he had met her through his roommate and that they had played pool together at his home in April.
Nelson told investigators that he began communicating with her via Facebook Messenger after that day and admitted asking her to send him nude images of her, according to the affidavit. He also purportedly admitted having sent her nude images of himself.