Monday, July 22, 2013
A man has pleaded guilty to an Internet sex crime that took place while he was being housed in the Kansas Sexual Predator Treatment Program at Larned State Hospital.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 38-year-old Mark D. Brull, has pleaded guilty to to one count of transferring obscene material to a child. In his plea, Brull admitted that he gave access to his email and social media acccounts to co-defendant Ryan J. Dancosse of Wichita, while both were in Larned.
Dancosse then used those accounts, with Brull’s knowledge and agreement, to copy and upload images of child pornography to the internet. In April 2011, Brull and Dancosse began communicating with a 14–year-old boy living in Massachusetts.
In April and May of that year, Brull talked with the boy via email and telephone. He directed the boy to his social networking profiles, where he knew Dancosse had uploaded pornography.
The boy was able to view the images on his computer and then discuss them with Brull. The images included depictions of nude males performing sexual acts.
Sentencing for Brull is set for October 4. Both parties have agreed to a 10 year federal prison sentence.
His co-defendant Dancosse pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography. His sentencing is set for October 2.
The Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Wichita Police Department and the Sudbury, Massachusetts, Police Department investigated the case.