Texas radio broadcaster Dan Steffen has been sentenced to life imprisonment after admitting to sexually abusing children and offering to pay $ 45,000 to kill his prosecutor.
A Texas radio presenter was sentenced to life imprisonment after admitting to sexually abusing children and offering to pay $ 45,000 to murder his prosecutor.
Dan Steffen, who was the host of a radio show in North Texas under the name of Rick Austin, pleaded guilty to eight counts of child sexual abuse and attempted capital murder on Thursday, telling the Collin County court: # 39; I plead guilty because I'm guilty. & # 39;
The 70-year-old lawyer appeared after prosecutors reproduced the radiostatic radio transmissions recorded at his home in Plano, where Steffen can listen enthusiastically to the appearances of the boys.
Four boys testified against Steffen, and authorities said they contacted several others who refused. It is believed that the admitted pedophile has dozens of victims.
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Dan Steffen pleaded guilty to eight counts of child sexual abuse and attempted capital murder on Thursday, and told the Collin County court: "I plead guilty because I'm guilty."
The man of 70 years presenting a syndicated radio program in a studio of his home in Plano (pictured)
Steffen was the subject of an investigation last year after police received reports that he had been involved in sexual acts with a 16-year-old boy for several years.
When the police raided their house, they found a steel wallet with more than 8,000 images of homemade child pornography dating back 20 years.
They also confiscated a folder of child pornography titled & # 39; Dan's favorite photos.
The police have spent months trying to locate the dozens of children seen in the photos.
According to the testimony of the court, Steffen met many of the victims through her parents, often working as a nanny.
According to reports, he was also involved in a local Boy Scout troop.
One victim testified that Steffen regularly brought him food and gave him cash in exchange for sexual acts because he knew that the teenager's family was having financial difficulties, according to the Dallas Morning News.
"I just did it for the money and to be able to support my family," said the teenager.
Another man, 50, who traveled from the outside to testify, claimed that Steffen abused him in the 1980s.
He said that when he was 13 years old, his stepfather asked Steffen to "teach me the facts of life," DMN reported.
A third victim, now 35, explained that he called Steffen's ice cream & # 39; Dan & # 39; because I regularly bought him frozen sweets and other goodies.
Police raided Steffen's house (pictured) in August last year after receiving reports that he was involved in sexual acts with a 16-year-old boy
At home, the researchers found a steel wallet with more than 8,000 homemade images of child pornography dating back 20 years, along with a child pornography folder titled "Dan's Favorite Pictures."
After Steffen was arrested last August, he would have paid another inmate who claimed to have connections to the mafia so that his brother would deliver daily letters to one of the teen victims of the predator and buy him food and clothing.
The letters that Steffen wrote from prison were often addressed to MMBB, which is believed to represent "my most beautiful child".
Steffen proceeded to plot a plan to kill the prosecutor assigned to his case, with the help of the same external connection.
The police obtained a secret recording of a conversation between Steffen and his internal accomplice in which the radio announcer said he wanted to do whatever was necessary. to kill Crystal Levonius, an assistant prosecutor.
After his arrest, Steffen devised a plan to kill the prosecutor assigned to his case, assistant district attorney Crystal Levonius, who testified against him on Thursday (above)
Levonius took the witness stand this week and described the trauma he experienced after learning of Steffen's plot against her.
I was scared. I think I was more afraid of my children because they are very young, "she said.
"Because I was aware of the defendant and I felt like I was the most depraved individual I've ever prosecuted." I took it at your word & # 39;
Hours of evidence against Steffen were presented Thursday, culminating in the state of District Judge Angela Tucker sentencing him to life in prison.
"You are a predator of the worst kind," the judge said.