A Kansas man was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for posing as an underage woman on social media and tricking dozens of minors in the Topeka area into taking and sending him sexually explicit pictures and videos.
According to court documents, Jeffrey D. Pierce, 42, of Topeka, was a former teacher and basketball coach at Seaman High School in Topeka who posed as an underage woman on various social media platforms, prompting underage men in the Topeka area to to create and send him pictures of himself engaging in sexually explicit behavior. Evidence found from Pierce’s phones and other electronic devices shows that his exploitative scheme lasted at least several years and that he targeted minors in his own community, including his own students at the high school where he used to teach.
“Soliciting the production of child sexual abuse material is a particularly disturbing crime that is made all the more egregious when committed by someone charged with educating and coaching our children,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A .Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Today’s ruling reflects the unwavering commitment of our prosecutors and law enforcement partners to stand up for victims and hold perpetrators accountable for their behavior.”
“Pierce, an educator and coach, used deception, manipulation and threats to exploit the most vulnerable victims and those he was charged with protecting, our children,” said Special Agent in Charge Charles Dayoub of the FBI’s Kansas Field Office City. “The investigation into his actions and today’s sentencing demonstrate law enforcement’s unwavering commitment to seeking justice for our most innocent victims and those unable to defend themselves.”
Pierce was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $55,100 in special assessments.
To date, the FBI has identified over 80 minors who have been victimized by Pierce. Pierce’s online communication…