A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to an Internet sex crime targeting a teenage boy living in Sudbury, federal authories said.
Mark D. Brull, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a child while he was in the Kansas Sexual Predator Treatment Program at Larned State Hospital, according to a statement released this week by the US attorney’s office in Kansas.
In May 2011, Sudbury detectives initiated an investigation into suspicious correspondence between a then-14-year-old resident and Brull, according to a statement from Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix.
“Upon learning of the suspect’s location, Sudbury Detectives began working extensively with Kansas authorities to bring the case to a successful resolution,” Nix said.
According to the US attorney’s office, Brull admitted that he provided to another hospital resident, Ryan J. Dancosse of Wichita, with passwords for Brull’s email account, as well as for Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Youtube.
Federal authorities said that, with Brull’s consent, Dancosse found and copied images of pornography and then uploaded the images to Brull’s accounts for others to see and discuss.
In April 2011, Brull and Dancosse began communicating with the Sudbury teen and then via email and telephone, the US attorney's office said. Brull guided the boy to his social networking profiles on the Internet, where he knew Dancosse had uploaded pornography, authorities said.
Sentencing for Brull is set for Oct. 4. Both parties have agreed to recommend to the judge a sentence of 10 years in federal prison, according to the US attorney's office.
Dancosse, 40, has pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography. He is set for sentencing Oct. 2.
Nix is reminding parents to remain diligent in monitoring their children’s use of electronic medium to include cell phones, laptops/computers, and any of the many sources allowing internet access. Parents who feel their children may be in mental or physical danger should contact police immediately.
"Matters as such are held in the utmost confidentiality," Nix said. "Unfortunately, predators as such will go to endless lengths to perpetrate their plans at the peril of our youth!"