Former youth pastor pleads guilty to sex charges involving minor

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former church youth director pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to porn charges and taking a minor across state lines for illegal sexual activity.

Dennis Myers, 53, of Blue Springs, was indicted in February. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Myers must plead guilty to charges of statutory sodomy in the first degree.

Prosecutors say in the 1990s, Myers met a 16-year-old girl when he was youth director at the First United Methodist Church in Springdale.  Myers left the church to open his own DJ business and was training the girl, then 15-years old, to assist him in the business. He admitted that the two were engaging in some sexual activity at that time.

From November 1994 to November 1995, when the girl was 16-years old, Myers took her from Arkansas to Kansas City, Mo. where they had sexual intercourse.

Years later Myers moved to Blue Springs. Following complaints by two adolescents of inappropriate sexual activity, law enforcement officers searched his home on Sept. 5, 2011, and seized his computer. Forensic examiners found a video of child pornography that had been downloaded from the Internet and viewed on the computer.

Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office will recommend a sentence of 10 years on each of the two state counts to run concurrently with each other and with the federal sentence.

 

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