Identified in Separate Investigations in Chicago and St. Louis
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Raytown, Missouri, sex offender was indicted by a federal grand jury today for transferring obscene material to minors after he was identified in two separate and unrelated FBI investigations in Chicago, Illinois, and St. Louis, Mo.
Brent Deadmon, 44, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Deadmon on June 17, 2021. Deadmon is a registered sex offender with prior convictions for statutory sodomy, statutory rape, child molestation, sexual misconduct, and furnishing child pornography to a minor. He remains detained in federal custody without bail pending trial.
The indictment charges Deadmon with two counts of transferring obscene material to a minor.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Deadmon sent obscene photos and video of himself using a smart phone application to two persons he believed to be 14 years old and 15 years old. In reality, Deadmon was communicating online with covert employees of the FBI in Chicago and St. Louis, who were engaged in two separate and unrelated investigations.
Deadmon allegedly sent additional pornographic images and videos. During his online communication from March 8 to 29, 2021, Deadmon also engaged in graphic sexual conversation and expressed his desire to meet the 14-year-old victim for sexual contact, the affidavit says. During his online communication from April 17 to June 7, 2021, Deadmon also expressed an interest in meeting the 15-year-old and her 10-year-old sister to pay them $500 to have sex.
The charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Barnes. It was investigated by the FBI.
Project Safe Childhood
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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Western District of Missouri