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Former School Employee Sentenced For Child Sexual Exploitation

Ronny Justin Myers of Joplin was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole.
Ronny Justin Myers
Ronny Justin Myers
SPRINGFIELD, MO--- Ronny Justin Myers, 35, of Joplin, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Myers will be on supervised release for the rest of his life. The court also ordered Myers to pay $5,000 in restitution to a 14 year-old victim identified in court documents as "C.A".

On May 13, 2013, Myers pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor and enticing a minor for criminal sexual activity. At the time of his arrest, Myers had been employed as an assistant network systems administrator for the Joplin school district since December 2005.

According to court documents, Myers contacted the 14 year-old victim via Facebook in November 2012. This contact prompted the 14 year-old to disclose to a school counselor that she had been repeatedly sexually molested by Myers when she was between the ages of 8 and 12. A law enforcement officer assumed the victims identity and began communication with Myers. These internet exchanges became very graphic and Myers sent obscene images.

On Feb. 15, 2013, Myers attempted to entice C.A. to meet him in order to engage in sexual activity during his lunch hour from work. Myers drove to the Joplin mall to pick up C.A. but was met by law enforcement officers who were waiting for him. Myers avoided capture and led police on a high speed car chase through the city of Joplin before being arrested.

During an interview with law enforcement officers, Myers admitted that he had sexually molested three young girls (ages 6, 9 and 11). He also admitted that he secretly recorded a 17-year-old engaging in sexual activity.

Myers also told law enforcement officers that he secretly stored child pornography on his computer. He stated that he had approximately 10 child pornography images of Joplin school district students, four of whom have been identified and range in age from 15 to 16 years old. Myers discovered those images when he accessed the students’ laptop computers.

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