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Case Number: 3:18-cr-05003-RK
Judge: Roseann Ketchmark
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Greene County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Springfield, Missouri criminal defense attorney represented defendant charged with enticing a minor to engage in illicit sex.
Amanda Ruth Schweitzer, age 42, was charged with coercion or enticement of a minor female.
On June 16, 2020, Schweitzer pleaded guilty to enticing a minor for illegal sexual activity. Schweitzer was a teacher at North Middle School in Joplin at the time of the offense.
The 13-year-old victim, who was a student of Schweitzer’s, reported Schweitzer sent nude photos of herself to the victim, with whom she primarily communicated via Instagram, and engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim on at least two occasions in March 2017. The victim reported that he also sent a nude image of himself to Schweitzer.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Joplin, Mo., Police Department, and the FBI.
Outcome: Defendant sentenced to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons for a term of 240 months on this one-count Superseding Information. Supervised release of 15 years w/mandatory, standard, and special conditions imposed. Fine waived. JVTA of $5,000.00 is imposed. MSA of $100.00 imposed. Restitution: $0.