There's disturbing news coming out of Missouri where an alleged pedophile worked out an agreement with a grandmother to assist him in his disturbing desires to molest a 13-year-old child, with the woman accepting $400 as payment for the young girl.
21-year-old Michael James Collins admitted to paying $400 in cash to his grandmother at a court proceeding on Monday.
According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Collins sought the assistance of both his mother and grandmother in a paid scheme to send them to kidnap a 13-year-old girl he'd met online via a dating website.
After the child carried out a series of online conversations with Collins from her home in Alabama to his residence at a Community Supervision Center in Fulton, Missouri, they planned to meet.
Collins was convicted of a felony sex offense for sexting a 14-year-old girl in April 2016, almost a year-and-a-half before his latest offense took place.
Collins resided in the Supervision Center where he remained on probation for his previous pedophilia-related conviction.
Both his mother and grandmother would drive him to and from work, where he later planned to have them pick up the 13-year-old and drop her off for him to engage in sexual relations with.
Collins and the child would communicate via Facebook messenger, prior to him paying his grandmother $400 to pick up the child.
In December, the Callaway County Sheriff's Office in Missouri first received a call from the child's family to report her missing.
Amidst an investigation, a cellular ping on the girl's device would place her inside the residence of Collins, which led investigators to remove the girl from his home and take him into custody.
Collins pleaded guilty today to transporting a minor under the age of 14 across state lines with the intent to engage in illegal sexual activity, and to committing the felony offense while he was under the requirement to register as a sex offender.
Until a later sentencing hearing, Collins will remain in the Callaway County Detention Center where he's being held without bond, as reported by The Cullman Times.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps Jr. says that Collins could face a whopping 20-years in federal prison at his upcoming sentencing.
As of this time, neither the grandmother or mother of Collins has faced any charges for their role in transporting the child across state lines with the intended purpose of sexual intercourse with the alleged pedophile.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley S. Turner is prosecuting this case. It was investigated by the Callaway County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Fulton, Mo., Police Department, the FBI, the Callaway County, Mo., Prosecutor’s Office and the Callaway County Children’s Division.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
If you or anyone you know has additional information about Collins or this case, you're urged to contact the Fulton Police Department at 573-592-3100 where you can remain anonymous.
Members of the public who have information about child-sexual predators are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199.
They can also submit a tip over the internet by completing ICE’s online form by clicking here.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is also bringing down suspected child-sex offenders through Operation Predator.
You can also contact ICE via the Operation Predator application for mobile devices. ICE has created a smartphone app – the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement – designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators.
The iOS version of the app can be downloaded from Apple's App Store and iTunes
; the Android version is also available via Google Play Store
It is also time that we as a society hold our elected officials accountable in demanding stricter punishments be enforced with tough new legislation against anyone who would victimize a child, of either life imprisonment, of capital punishment. Often, they are released and re-offend. There is no rehabilitation for child sex offenders.
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