Brookfield man pleads guilty to sex offenses

<font size="2">Nathan Mead, 27</font>

Nathan Mead, 27, of Brookfield, Mo., appeared before Judge James P. Williams on Thursday and entered pleas of guilty to two counts of failing to register as a sex offender and two counts of second-degree statutory rape.

In August 2013, a citizen had found a cell phone and took it to the Brookfield Police Department. Officers discovered suspicious items on the phone and turned it over to the Kirksville Regional Cyber Crime Unit to be examined further.

During the examination, Facebook chats and text messages between Mead and a 15-year-old were discovered. Further investigation showed that Mead had engaged in deviate sexual intercourse and sexual intercourse with the minor child during the month of July 2013 at his residence in Brookfield.

It was also discovered that Mead was a sex offender. He was convicted of sexual misconduct involving a child in St. Louis County back in 2005. Further investigation revealed that Mead had moved to Brookfield 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. The investigation also revealed that 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.

At his sentencing, Mead received the maximum of seven years imprisonment on each count. The sentences will be served simultaneously.

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(information provided by Linn County, Mo. Prosecutor's Office)