by Don Ledford
A registered sex offender in Republic, Missouri, was sentenced in federal court Friday for the sexual exploitation of a minor.
Christopher Paul Chmela, 54, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Chmela to a lifetime of supervised release following incarceration.
Chmela, a registered sex offender, has prior adjudications of guilt for the attempted use of a child in a sexual performance.
On May 17, 2019, Chmela pleaded guilty to the enticement of a minor. By pleading guilty, Chmela admitted that he communicated with minors over the internet and asked them to send him sexually explicit images.
Law enforcement officers were called to Chmela’s residence on Nov. 15, 2017, and seized a computer tablet. The tablet contained 943 conversations on the KIK application, including multiple conversations with individuals who identified themselves as minors. Chmela asked them for sexually explicit images, including an individual who identified as a 12-year-old girl.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Republic, Mo., Police Department and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.