St. Louis, MO – A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Franklin County resident Patrick Estes, 57, with enticement of a minor (18 USC 2422(b)), solicitation of child pornography (18 USC 2252A(a)(3)(B)(ii)), and committing a felony involving a minor while a registered sex offender (18 USC 2260A). Estes has been taken into custody and ordered detained pending trial.
The defendant is a registered sex offender having been previously convicted by the State of Missouri for sexual offenses against minors.
As is always the case, charges set forth in the Indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Pursuant to our continuing effort to keep children safe, law enforcement is requesting that anyone with more information about this case or other possible victims please contact FBI Task Force Officer Det. Jacob Walk at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 636-583-2567 or Investigator Donya Jackson with the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 314-539-2200.