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Diamond man gets life in prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Earlier this year March 29, 2022, Terry Miksell, 66, of Diamond, Mo. was found guilty at trial of one count of producing child pornography and one count of using the internet and a cell phone to induce a child to engage in sexual activity.

Thursday, October 20 a U.S. District Court Judge sentenced Mikesell to life in federal prison without parole.

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At the time of the offense, Miksell was employed as a counselor at a Purdy, Mo., drug treatment facility and in a trusted position with the victim and her family

CASE BEGAN AS TIPS FROM FACEBOOK ACTIVITY

Facebook initiated two CyberTips in September 2019 after locating sexually explicit messages and images between Miksell and a 16-year-old victim. Miksell asked the child victim in Facebook Messenger chats to send him sexually explicit images and videos. She told investigators she sent those images and videos at his request but often was reluctant to engage with the sexually explicit messages and felt bad about it. At one point she refused to send an image and Miksell used manipulation tactics to get her to continue to engage and send those images. Miksell also sent pornographic pictures of himself to the child victim.” — U.S. Attorneys office, Western Dist. of Missouri

Homeland Security Investigators and SWMO Cyber Crimes Task Force members served a search warrant at Mikesell’s residence. January 16, 2020. Agents, “seized several devices, including a cell phone. The cell phone contained a pornographic video of the child victim.”

Mikesell has been incarcerated at the Greene County Jail at Springfield, Mo. it is unknown when or where he will be transported to Federal Prison.

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