Lawrence man sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for soliciting porn from teen

A Lawrence man was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison Wednesday for soliciting a 16-year-old girl to create and send him child pornography.

Jamie Drake, 40, was sentenced to 151 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release.

Drake previously pleaded guilty and was convicted of one count of coercion and enticement of a minor, McAllister said.

Drake admitted that he solicited the 16-year-old, from Franklin County, Mo., to send him photos of herself in sexual poses, McAllister said. Drake also offered to pay her bills and send her money in exchange for pictures.

In July 2016, a teen reported to law enforcement that her younger sister was being sexually solicited online by an older man, according to facts outlined in Drake’s plea agreement. Officers investigated and identified Drake as that man.

“Further investigation revealed the defendant was engaging in the online solicitation of several underage girls,” according to the plea agreement filed in June of this year.

photo by: Kansas Department of Corrections

One of those was the 16-year-old from Franklin County, from whom Drake requested and received a series of increasingly explicit photos. She told him she was only 16.

A grand jury initially indicted Drake in September 2017 with three counts of coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct that was photographed and transmitted electronically, for incidents occurring in 2016, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to indicate the victim was from Franklin County, Mo.

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