Former Fort Leonard Wood youth minister guilty of child sex abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- A former Youth Ministry director and Army National Guard officer pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to sexually abusing minors.

According to a press release from Acting U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore, David McKay, 42, of Waynesville, sexually abused four minors over several years while serving as youth ministry director at Fort Leonard Wood.

McKay pleaded guilty to one count of transporting a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and four counts of sexually abusing a minor.

According to the release, the victims were between the ages of 11 and 17, and the abuse occurred on multiple occasions from 2010 to 2017. The plea agreement says the sexual abuse occurred on the base and at various locations across County. Pulasky. The victims also said they were abused on the youth group’s ski trips to Colorado and on camping trips to Fort Leonard Wood.

Federal laws state that McKay faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in federal prison without parole. The statement said a sentencing hearing will be scheduled following the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

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