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  • Blue Springs man faces new charges in sex case

  • A Blue Springs man has been indicted on additional charges for taking a minor across state lines for illegal sexual activity.

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  • A Blue Springs man has been indicted on additional charges for taking a minor across state lines for illegal sexual activity.
    Dennis W. Myers, 52, Blue Springs, was charged in a five-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Myers formerly served as a youth director at churches in Independence and Arkansas. The superseding indictment replaces an indictment that was returned in December.
    The indictment adds two additional counts of transporting a minor across states lines for illegal sexual activity. The indictment alleges that on separate occasions between November 1993 and November 1995, Myers transported a child victim across state lines to engage in sexual activity. This means he could be charged with a criminal offense under Missouri statutes for statutory sodomy or statutory rape.
    The indictment also contains all three counts that were part of the original indictment. In the original allegations, Myers was accused of accessing the Internet in order to view child pornography between April 1 and Sept. 16, 2011. Myers is also charged with one count of receiving a video of child pornography over the Internet and one count of possessing child pornography.
    The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. It was investigated by the Blue Springs Police Department.
    The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
    Myers once worked as a youth pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Independence before working in the same position at a church in Arkansas.
     

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