Archive for Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sex offender pleads guilty to two charges

August 21, 2012


A 32-year-old Douglas County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to register as a sex offender and viewing child pornography, according to federal court records.

Gustav Wilhelm Brune pleaded guilty to the two charges, and prosecutors agreed to dismiss a weapons charge at his sentencing in November.

Prosecutors earlier this year accused Brune, of rural Eudora, of viewing a website containing child pornography and possessing firearm ammunition as a convicted felon. He was initially arrested by federal authorities last December as they accused him of failing to register and keep his registration up-to-date over a two-year period from 2009 to 2011.

Federal prosecutors argued Brune was required to register as a sex offender after he was convicted of a federal charge in 2011 of possession of child pornography. Earlier, Brune’s defense attorney had argued that Brune did register with the Douglas County Sheriff’s office in August of 2011 and that he was not in violation of federal registration laws.

U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia is scheduled to sentence Brune on Nov. 26. Initially he faced a maximum of 10 years in prison on each count.


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