SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (News-Leader) - A former Willard school custodian admitted attempting to lure a girl into sexual contact by sending erotic anime and having explicit chats over Facebook messenger.
Thomas Adam Ciambor, 24, of Springfield, pleaded guilty to a felony, promoting a sexual performance by a child.
Following a plea agreement, Greene County Judge Calvin Holden sentenced Ciambor to nine years in prison. He was assigned to the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center.
Ciambor must also register as a sex offender.
The parents of a 10-year-old girl called the Springfield Police Department in mid-2017, after finding a series of messages on the girl's smartphone. The messages started in April and continued through early July.
For part of that time, Ciambor worked as a substitute custodian in multiple buildings in the Willard school district. He passed a background check when he was hired.
Court records show the two knew each other prior to sending the messages. At first, the two exchanged funny images from the internet, sent photos of their faces and discussed their age differences.
Not long after the messages started, Ciambor made overt statements. He told her: "I'll always be here to give you the attention you need as long as it's a secret."
They sent each other suggestive anime, a form of animation originating in Japan that often has stark, futuristic and vibrant characters.
Court records show Ciambor allegedly sent the girl photos in various states of undress and encouraged her to do the same. She was not comfortable with sending the photos or talking about body parts.
Ciambor described sex acts, including spanking and bondage, in messages. He also encouraged the girl to engage in sexual role play and offered to show her sexual acts via video chat.
He allegedly called himself "daddy" and wrote he wanted to teach her how to sneak out of the house because "nighttime adventures are the best." He also allegedly asked her if she would be home alone and offered to visit if he "wasn't at work."
He offered to buy her food and take her "shopping for whatever you wanted."
Police allege Ciambor repeatedly instructed the girl not to tell anyone, especially her parents, and to delete their conversations. She did not.
Police were able to go through the girl's smartphone. Interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center, the girl said she was uncomfortable with many of their conversations but she wanted to make him happy.
The original story can be found on the Springfield News-Leader's website.
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