Nathan Mead, 27, formerly of New Cambria and Brookfield, entered pleas of guilty to two counts of failing to register as a sex offender and two counts of statutory rape in the second degree.
Per the terms of the plea agreement, Mead received the maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment on each count with all counts to run concurrently.
The events that led to the criminal charges surfaced during a joint investigation between the Kirksville Missouri Regional Cyber Crime Unit and Brookfield Police Department.
A private citizen had found a cellular phone in August 2013 and took the phone to the Brookfield Police Department. Officers with the Brookfield Police Department discovered suspicious items on the phone. The phone was transferred to the Cyber Crime Unit to be further examined.
During the forensic examination, the Cyber Crime Unit discovered Facebook chats and text messages between Mead and a fifteen year old. Further investigation discovered that Mead had engaged in deviate sexual intercourse and sexual intercourse with the minor child during the month of July 2013 at his reported residence at 23276 Hwy. 36 in Brookfield, Missouri.
During the investigation, it was also discovered that Mead was a sex offender. Mead was convicted of sexual misconduct involving a child in St. Louis County in 2005.
Mead had moved to Brookfield Missouri in June 2013 and failed to notify the Linn County Sheriff within three days of that move.
Mead registered with the Linn County Sheriff in July 2013. Mead failed to disclose at that time that he possessed and used several online identifiers, including electronic mail and Facebook.
Missouri law requires all sex offenders to provide the Sheriff of the county of residence with any and all online identifiers.
Mead committed two separate acts of failing to register as a sex offender in Linn County by not registering with the Sheriff within three days of moving to Linn County and by failing to advise the Sheriff of his online identifiers at the time he registered in July 2013.