Carbondale man pleads guilty to attempted sex with a 7-year-old girl
A Carbondale man faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison without parole and a maximum of life after pleading guilty Wednesday to attempting to have sex with a 7-year-old girl, according to a news release.
Ryan Mausner, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of online enticement of a minor in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Missouri.
“By pleading guilty today, Mausner admitted that from Jan. 31 to May 25, 2018 he induced, enticed and coerced a child victim to engage in criminal sexual activity,” according to a news release from Don Ledford, spokesman for the Western District of Missouri.
“Mauser was actually communicating (via the Kik messaging application and texts) with an undercover FBI agent, who portrayed a single mother with a 7-year-old daughter.”
In court Wednesday, Mausner admitted discussing having sex with the undercover agent and her fictional daughter.
“These discussions entailed descriptions of the 7-year-old girl and an insistence, on Mausner’s part, that the mother and 7-year-old would call him ‘Sir,’” the release states. “Mausner described in explicit detail the sorts of sexual activity that he intended to perform on the 7-year-old when they met.”
Mausner, a former Aspen-area event planner, flew from Denver to Kansas City on May 25 and was arrested by FBI agents when his plane landed. He’s been held in federal custody ever since.
A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled for Mausner because the federal probation office must do a presentence investigation first, according to the release. He faces a minimum sentence of 10 years behind bars without parole and a maximum of life without parole.
Indicted Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters turned herself in to Pitkin County law enforcement authorities on Thursday after an arrest warrant had been issued.
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