Two women accused of using minors to produce child pornography

Photograph of Pickett, Greene County.

KANSAS CITY– Two women were indicted by a federal grand jury in June on charges of sexually abusing two boys to produce child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney.

Mallory Nicole Bunch, 40, and Jessica Nicole Pickett, 34, both of Strafford, Missouri, were charged in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. The indictment supersedes a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Pickett on June 11, 2024.

The indictment alleges that Mallory Bunch and Pickett participated in a conspiracy with Thomas Bunch (now deceased, Mallory Bunch’s ex-husband with whom they were involved in a polyamorous relationship) to sexually abuse two minor victims to produce child pornography from September 2, 2016, through May 23, 2024.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Mallory Bunch used her cell phone to record the sexual abuse of a child, identified as Minor Victim 1, at the request of Thomas Bunch. She allegedly sent videos of the sexual abuse to Thomas Bunch via text message. In addition to conspiracy, today’s indictment charges Mallory Bunch with one count of using Minor Victim 1 to produce child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Pickett is also charged with one count of using a child victim, identified as Minor Victim 2, to produce child pornography and one count of transferring obscene material to Minor Victim 1. According to the affidavit, Pickett shared with Minor Victim 1 an iCloud link containing 376 images and two videos of Mallory and Thomas Bunch and Pickett’s sexual activity.

The charges contained in this indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt. The evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal jury, whose duty it is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Wan. It was investigated by the Greene County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security Investigations, the Southwest Missouri Cyber ​​Crimes Task Force, and the Webster County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department.