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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Press Release) – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former church youth leader in Iberia, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to entice a minor for illicit sex.

Jamey Lee Becker, 45, of Iberia, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth to the charge contained in an Aug. 24, 2016, federal indictment.

By pleading guilty today, Becker admitted that he used the Internet and a cell phone in an attempt to entice an individual under the age of 17 to engage in illegal sexual activity between Feb. 1 and June 10, 2016.

Under federal statutes, Becker is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.