Kansas City man pleads guilty to child sex acts

A 38-year-old Kansas man on Tuesday admitted he crossed state lines to engage in sex acts with young boys in 1999 and 2000, federal prosecutors said.

Robert Poe III, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to three counts of traveling from Kansas to Missouri for the purpose of engaging in sex acts with a child, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.

Kansas City police started investigating Poe in November 2000 after a woman reported he engaged in sex acts with her 7-year-old son.

Poe’s sentencing is set for May 20, Grissom said. He faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 on each count.

According to Grissom:

Poe was accused of forcing the 7-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him in his home, leading to two counts. In an April 2000 incident, Poe allegedly showed the boy photos of nude children first and in July of that year held a gun to his head during a sex act.

The third count stems from incidents in 1999 or 2000 involving a 10- or 12-year-old boy. That boy told authorities he and his brother first met Poe in a Kansas City hospital in 1998 through Michael Arnett, a friend.

Both men reportedly molested the boys and forced them to perform oral sex — sometimes at gunpoint — during trips to Shawnee, Oklahoma City, St. Louis and Bennett Springs, Mo.

In a separate federal case, Arnett pleaded guilty to a single count of producing child pornography, Grissom said. He is scheduled for sentencing in that case on May 13.