Jefferson County man sentenced to 40 years in prison for recording sexual abuse of minor

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U.S. District Judge Sarah E. Pitlyk on Wednesday sentenced a Pevely, Missouri, man to 40 years in prison for recording the sexual abuse of a minor.

Matthew Gamel, 36, sexually abused the victim at least four times and recorded it, he admitted in a guilty plea. The victim was under 14 years old at the time. In addition to the recordings he made, Gamel owned more than 1,700 media files containing child sexual abuse material that he obtained online.

“We are pleased with the conviction and appreciate the hard work and cooperation of the Pevely Police Department to bring justice to the victim,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Chris Crocker of the FBI St. Louis Division. “We hope this will help heal the trauma that the defendant unconscionably inflicted on a young, vulnerable child.”

Gamel pleaded guilty in February in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to sexual abuse of a minor and receipt of child pornography.

The Pevely Police Department and the FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hayes is prosecuting.

This case was filed as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of sexual violence against children

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