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Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of Joplin Child

A North Carolina man was sentenced in federal court Thursday for the sexual exploitation of a child in Joplin. 34-year-old David Perkins will spend life in prison without parole after he was found guilty in January of crossing state lines into Missouri with intent to engage in a sexual act with a child under the age of 12. He had also admitted that he used the child victim to produce child pornography and that he distributed child porn. You’ll remember that in December of 2016, Joplin Police took Perkins into custody in his hotel room after an acquaintance told them she found several explicit videos on an iPad. He was federally indicted in January of 2017. The crimes took place between April 2014 and December 2016.

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