Man pleads guilty to taking Kansas teen across state line for sex

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A Missouri man has pleaded guilty to transporting a 15-year-old Kansas girl across the state line for sex.

Twenty-nine-year-old Nathan Belcher, of Carl Junction, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of transporting a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, a federal offense. 

The Joplin Globe reports Belcher admitted that he took the teen across the state line in 2017 and engaged in sexual activity with her at a Missouri home and near a creek outside Neosho.

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Belcher faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years without parole or up to a life term in a federal prison. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Columbus Police Department and Cherokee County Sheriff's Office in Kansas.

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