Man facing child sexual exploitation charges

Man facing child sexual exploitation charges

NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A 22-year-old man was arrested in connection to inappropriate online communications with a 14-year-old girl.

Jayson Luther was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and enticement of a child.

On Nov. 6 the Morehouse Police Department was contacted by the Smithfield, Rhode Island Police Department about an investigation involving someone living in Morehouse.

According to Smithfield detectives, they believed Luther was having inappropriate online communications with the girl.

They say the investigation in Smithfield revealed Luther allegedly bought adult toys for the girl and used an online video chat to watch her using them.

It was also revealed that Luther allegedly exchanged nude photographs with the girl.

On Nov. 7, the Morehouse Police Department and the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department served a search warrant at Luther's home.

Officers seized two mobile devices and a laptop during the search and analyzed them. They say during analysis of the mobile devices, they found evidence to support the allegations from Rhode Island.

Investigators also determined there were nude photographs of a second female.

The information was passed on to the Smithfield Police Department and they found out the second female was 15 years old.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, additional charges are possible in Rhode Island.

Luther is currently being held in the Pemiscot County Jail on a $40,000 cash or surety bond.

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