Decatur man sentenced to 20 years in prison

SPRINGFIELD - Authorities say a Decatur man who pleaded guilty to making interstate threats, enticement of a minor, and sexual exploitation of a minor has received a 20-year prison sentence.

U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis says Jason Cooper, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough on December 18.  

Authorities say in 2013, Cooper used social media, as well as game websites, to initiate contact with two minor females.  After the initial contact, authorities say Cooper then sent graphic texts and emails, and threatened the minors and their families with violence if they ignored his demands for information and graphic photos.

Cooper has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in 2013.  Following his 20-year prison sentence, Cooper must serve 15 years of supervised release, and will have to register as a sexual predator for the remainder of his natural life.

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