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Missouri Man Faces Life in Prison on Child Pornography Charges

August 03, 2018 - 8:50 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A Catawissa man has admitted posing as a dying cancer patient and his caretaker to sexually assault young boys.

28-year-old Daniel Avetta pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to four counts of producing child porn, six counts of receiving child porn and two counts of enticing a minor online.

Avetta used the name Jessica Gables to post on social media sites. Posing as Gables, he would ask boys under 17 to post nude pictures and in some cases had the boys perform sex acts on him, all to fulfill Avetta's "last wish".

According to The Missourian, prosecutors say at least 11 boys from Franklin, Jefferson, St. Francois, Washington, Iron, Gasconade and Maries Counties sent Avetta nude pictures.

Avetta faces up to life in prison when sentenced in November.