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District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Ottawa Man Pleads Guilty To Seeking Child for Sex

TOPEKA, KAN. – An Ottawa man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge that he drove to Missouri to meet what he believed was a mother who was willing to sell her 10-year-old daughter for sex, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Michael David Mitchell, 64, Ottawa, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of interstate travel to engage in unlawful sexual conduct. The investigation began when investigators received information that Mitchell was looking for a woman with a minor child who he could make his sex slaves. Mitchell communicated with an undercover investigator posing as a broker who could find Mitchell what he wanted. In his plea, Mitchell admitted that in June 2017 he drove from Ottawa, Kan., to Independence, Mo., to meet a woman he had been told was willing to make the deal. He brought money with him to pay a $5,000 finder’s fee.

Sentencing is set for April 24. He faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. McAllister commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney for their work on the case.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated March 20, 2019