Man gets 10 years for Attempted Enticement of a Minor

Jimmy Cunningham, 38, of Bethel, Missouri, had pleaded guilty in October 2018. He was sentenced on December 3, 2018.

A Macon County man is headed to prison for 10 years for Attempted Enticement of a Minor.

The Kirksville Police Department said Jimmy Cunningham, 38, of Bethel, Missouri, was sentenced Tuesday in Adair County Circuit Court.

Cunningham was arrested in August 2017 after he traveled from Macon County to Kirksville to meet up with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl for a sexual relationship.

The girl was actually an undercover detective with the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit (KRCCU).

Cunningham pleaded guilty on October 23, 2018.

The KRCCU and this investigation are made possible from funds provided in part from the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and funds from Cyber Crime Grants through the Missouri Department of Public Safety. The KRCCU has been in existence since 2006 and does both proactive and reactive cases for 13 counties in Northeast Missouri. In addition to cases like this one the KRCCU provides educational presentations to adults and children on the topics of Cyber Safety and Internet Crimes.

Anyone with information regarding this press release is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at (660)785-6945, Central Dispatch at (660) 665-5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at (660) 665-4600 or anonymously at (660) 627-BUST (2878) or email

(Information provided by Kirksville Police Department)

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