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Angela Marie Brown became the fifth defendant to plead guilty in federal court to engaging in a child exploitation enterprise that victimized at least three children.

Brown, 39, pleaded guilty Oct. 20 before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to engaging in a child exploitation enterprise from Jan. 1, 2017 to Nov. 6, 2019.

“By pleading guilty today, Brown admitted that she engaged in a series of felony violations, including the sexual exploitation of a minor and receiving and distributing child pornography,” a press release said. “Those felony violations, constitution three or more separate incidents and involving more than one minor victim, comprise a child exploitation enterprise.”

Four other co-defendants have also pleaded guilty to the same charge: Kevin Grant McMillan, 35, Christine Marie Rossiter, 36, and Amber Marie Bailey, 38, all of Springfield, and Casie Dee Rice, 52, of Branson.

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Federal investigation began in May 2019

The release said the federal investigation began in May 2019 when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified law enforcement that McMillan had uploaded three files of child pornography through his Gmail account. The Springfield Police Department was also investigating McMillan in a separate case involving an 8-year-old victim, identified in court records as Jane Doe 2. Springfield investigators identified additional Google accounts that contained child pornography.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at McMillan’s residence on Nov. 6, 2019. There they contacted a second, 15-year-old victim, identified in court documents as Jane Doe 1, and a 17-year-old minor. Officers seized five laptops, two hard drives, an Apple iPad, a cell phone and seven USB/micro SD cards.

“A forensic analyst found images of child pornography depicting Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2, and a third victim, a toddler identified in court documents as Jane Doe 3,” the release said. “There were a total of 27,542 pornographic images and videos of subjects whose age is difficult to determine and child erotica. There was a total of 682 images and videos of bestiality pornography. There were 111 videos and images of child exploitive animated pornography located on the devices.”

Investigators also found MMS messages between McMillan and Brown.

“McMillan said he wanted to drug and sexually assault Jane Doe 1, who was 13 years old at the time,” the release said. “Brown said she would be interested in assisting him in drugging and raping children and adult women. McMillan also sent Brown sexually explicit images of Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 3. They exchanged incest-related pornography, bondage pornography, bestiality pornography, child pornography and child erotica. They also had conversations about having sexual contact with children and about having children together and impregnating them.”

Sentencing hearing to be held at a later date

Each of the five defendants is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Springfield Police Department.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.

For more information, please visit the Project Safe Childhood website.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger