Ex-Teacher Sentenced After Seeking Youth Sex on Craigslist
A retired Missouri teacher and former school board member has been ordered to spend 10 years in federal prison after placing an online ad for a couple who "would like to include their kids in sexual fun."
Seventy-one-year-old Paul Robert Cannon, of Sedalia, was sentenced Tuesday for attempting to induce a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity.
Prosecutors say he described himself as a grandpa and retired teacher in the advertisement he placed on Craigslist in January. 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 Columbia restaurant to meet with them.
Cannon taught from 1976 to 1996. After retiring from the Gasconade County school district, he served one term on the school board. It should be noted that Cannon never taught in the Sedalia 200 School District.