10:30 A.M. Pastor Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges Today

Joplin Globe
March 10, 2009

Randall D. "Danny" Russell, 50, will receive 15 years in prison in exchange for pleading guilty today to a pair of felony sex charges under an agreement with the Newton County Prosecutor's Office. Russell pleaded guilty today to one count of child molestation in the first degree and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

He will receive 15 years for each count to be served concurrently under the plea agreement, according to Bill Dobbs, assistant Newton County Prosecutor, but other related charges will be dismissed.

A sentencing hearing is set for April 21.

Russell also was the pastor of Acts II Church in Neosho.


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