Registered sex offender pleads guilty to new child sex crime

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A registered sex offender from northeast Missouri on Wednesday admitted crossing state lines to engage in sex with a minor.

Joshua T. Wilson, 23, of Monroe County, Missouri, pleaded guilty to a charge of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in sexual activity. As part of his guilty plea, Wilson admitted that he met a 16-year-old girl in the spring of 2022. Wilson and the victim began interacting on an almost daily basis via online apps. They engaged in sexual conversations and exchanged sexual images. Wilson also met the teen for sex and took her to Kansas, where he engaged in unlawful sexual activity with her.

Wilson is a registered sex offender.

The charge against Wilson carries a mandatory prison term of 10 years and is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

The FBI and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dianna Edwards prosecuted the case.

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