Ex-church director pleads guilty to sex charges

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 53-year-old man who worked as a church youth director in Arkansas and western Missouri has pleaded guilty to child sex crimes.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Monday's plea by Dennis Myers in federal court also requires him to plead guilty to charges in Missouri state court.

Myers, of Blue Springs, is a former youth director at First United Methodist Church in Springdale, Ark., and at Christ United Methodist Church in Independence, Mo. He admitted engaging in illegal sexual activity with a 16-year-old Arkansas girl in the early 1990s and later bringing her to Kansas City, Mo., for the same purpose.

He also pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet.

The plea agreement requires Myers to plead guilty to Missouri charges of statutory sodomy and attempted child enticement.

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