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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Mini-skirted man pleads guilty to child porn, obscenity charges
(From the U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri) A Springfield, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing child obscenity.
Rusty Mann, 35, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush.
On the night of Oct. 21, 2011, a Springfield police detective observed Mann approach a playground on a bicycle. The detective made contact with Mann just outside the fenced area of the playground. Mann was attired in a black mini skirt and women’s knee-high boots; he was identified as the person who had been leaving soiled diapers and clothing on the playground.
As a registered sex offender, Mann was not permitted within 1,000 feet of school property under state law. Mann was placed under arrest at that time. Mann has prior convictions for child molestation and sexual misconduct involving a child.
Mann’s bicycle, backpack and fanny pack were collected from the scene. A search of the backpack yielded a cell phone, along with other items. The investigators conducted a search of the cell phone and located several images of suspected child pornography and obscene cartoon depictions of minors, including a cartoon image of a prepubescent female being sexually assaulted.
Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Mann will be sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole, followed by a life term of supervised release. Upon release from federal incarceration, Mann will be committed to the custody of the Missouri Department of Mental Health for control, care and treatment as a sexually violent predator (under the terms of the Judgment and Order of Commitment entered in Case Number 1131-PR00937, in the Circuit Court of Greene County, Missouri, Probate Division).
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.