Retired Missouri teacher sentenced to 10 years in prison for seeking sex with minor


Paul Cannon

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  —A retired Missouri teacher was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 years in federal prison without parole for arranging to meet a woman and her teenage daughter, who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, for illicit sexual activity.

Paul Robert Cannon, 71, of Sedalia, will  spend the rest of his life on supervised release following incarceration. Cannon pleaded guilty in March to a federal charge after placing an online ad for a couple who “would like to include their kids in sexual fun.” He admitted to placing an advertisement on Craigslist in January.

Federal prosecutors say a Boone County deputy responded to the ad, posing as the mother of a 14-year-old daughter. Cannon was arrested after going to a restaurant in Columbia to meet with the woman and child.

Cannon was an industrial arts teacher from 1976 to 1996. He retired from the Gasconade County R2 School District. Cannon also served one term as a member of the Gasconade County R2 Board of Education after he retired from teaching.

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