BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WFXG) - A Burke County man is facing decades in prison after he admitted to coercing a child to produce sexually explicit images.

Twenty-year-old Keyshawn Omar Cooper of Waynesboro pleaded guilty to producing child sexual abuse material. His plea deal could land him in prison for up to thirty years, along with paying restitution and penalties, followed by a minimum of five years of supervised release. He would also have to register as a sex offender.

“Keyshawn Cooper’s crime represents the nightmare scenario for parents whose children connect over the internet with predatory strangers,” said U.S. Attorney Estes. “Thanks to the vigilance of one of those parents and diligent law enforcement partners, Cooper will be held accountable for his reprehensible activities.”

 Cooper admitted in court that on May 9, 2021, he contacted a child in Missouri online and persuaded them to create sexually explicit images and send them to him. The child's mother discovered the activity and reported it to the local authorities, who got the FBI involved. An investigation determined that Cooper met the child online while playing a video game.

“The FBI has unfortunately seen an increasing amount of sextortion crimes across the country over the past year and we want this plea to send a message that we make crimes targeting children a top priority”, said Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “Let this be a reminder to parents and caregivers, people can pretend to be anyone online, and you need to remain vigilant with monitoring your child’s online activity and educating them about the risks of communicating with strangers.”

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