Teacher charged with production of child pornography and sextortion

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Kingdom City, Missouri: 44-year-old Chad Craghead describes himself on the Athletes Village as a "husband, father of three, a JH math teacher" a coach and "Follower of Christ."

 

Craghead is in custody at the Cole County Jail on charges stemming from online conversations with underage girls where he extorted sexual images from them while posing as a teen.

 

On June 17, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Central Division Teresa A. Moore and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley S. Turner filed a motion with the court seeking that Craghead be denied pretrial release.

 

According to their motion "there is clear and convincing evidence that there are no conditions with the Court could place on the Defendant's release which would reasonably assure his future appearance in court and the safety of the community."

 

Their motion outlines some of the allegations against Craghead saying, he "created a false identity of a teenage boy to induce two minor females to produce pornographic images of themselves."

 

He then allegedly "used a second false identity to extort the minor females into continuing to produce pornographic images by threatening to disburse the images to their friends and family."

 

"A search warrant to SnapChat revealed the defendant was speaking with multiple minor females and contained multiple images of self-produced child pornography."

 

According to QuadCities.com at least one of the minors he was speaking with was as young as 13 years old.

 

Craghead has been charged with two counts of production of child pornography, two counts of interstate communications with intent to extort and one count of cyberstalking.

 

If convicted Craghead faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years with a maximum of 30 years in prison. He could also be assessed a fine of up to $250,000.

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