The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

March 17, 2014

Kansas man pleads guilty in sting aimed at sexual predators

A resident of Olathe, Kan., pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court to sexual misconduct with a child in an Internet sting targeting online sexual predators.

Richard B. Calohan, 47, pleaded guilty to a single count of the offense in a plea agreement dismissing two other counts that had been filed by the Jasper County prosecutor’s office. The plea deal caps the prison time the defendant might receive at no more than two years.

Circuit Judge David Dally delayed formal action on the plea bargain and ordered the completion of a sentencing-assessment report on the defendant. The judge set a sentencing hearing for May 19.

Calohan was accused of exposing himself via webcam on several occasions to a Jasper County sheriff’s investigator posing online as a 13-year-old girl. He also sent the investigator nude photos of the defendant’s wife, and links to adult pornography websites and videos. The misconduct allegedly took place over a 20-month period between July 2011 and March 2013.

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