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Former DOC officer and wife indicted on additional child porn charges

August 5, 2022 at 6:48 a.m.

A former DOC officer at the Jefferson City Correctional Center and his wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury on additional charges related to video recording their sexual assault of a child victim and other child pornography offenses.

Paul Emerson Schofield, 33, and his wife, Sara Ellen Schofield, 29, both of Jefferson City, were charged in a 12-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury Wednesday in Jefferson City. The federal indictment replaces two separate criminal complaints against the Schofields which charged each of them with using a minor to produce child pornography. The Schofields have been in federal custody without bond since their arrest on July 13.

The federal indictment alleges the Schofields produced child porn during a nearly three-year period from July 29, 2019-June 7, 2022 involving a victim under the age of 12. Paul Schofield is charged with four counts of producing child pornography and Sara Schofield is charged with two counts of producing child pornography.

Paul Schofield is also charged with one count of advertising child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography, one count of distributing child pornography and one count of transporting child pornography.

Sara Schofield is also charged with one count of transferring obscene material to a minor.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaints, the investigation began when law enforcement received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on April 25, 2022. Kik, a free online social media platform, reported a user later identified as Paul Schofield had uploaded multiple videos of child sexual exploitation material.

Authorities executed a search warrant at the Schofields’ residence June 7. A forensic examiner conducted a preview of Paul Schofield’s cell phone and located several videos of child pornography, including infants engaged in sexual contact with adults. Examiners later found videos on both of the Schofield’s phones where they allegedly sexually assaulted an unconscious 4-year-old victim.

On June 9, officers executed another search warrant at the Schofields’ residence where they seized Sara Schofield’s cell phone which allegedly contained another sexually explicit video of the same 4-year-old victim in which the voices of Paul and Sara Schofield can be heard.

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