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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stella Man Indicted for Transporting a Minor for Illicit Sex


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Stella, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for transporting a minor across state lines for illicit sex.

Tong Yang, 45, of Stella, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

The federal indictment alleges that Yang transported a minor across state lines to Newton County, Mo., on Dec. 7, 2013, with the intent to engage in illicit sexual activity.

Dickinson cautioned that the charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney. It was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Cassville, Mo., Police Department and the Neosho, Mo., Police Department.

Updated January 16, 2015