Crime & Courts

Kansan sentenced to 10 years for Internet sex crime committed while in treatment

A Kansas man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to an Internet sex crime that took place while he was in a treatment program for sexual predators at Larned State Hospital.

Mark D. Brull, 39, was sentenced to a federal prison, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office said.

In July, Brull pleaded guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a child.

Brull has been a registered sex offender since he was convicted in 1997 of indecent solicitation of a 13-year-old, according to a Kansas Bureau of Investigation report.

In his plea, he admitted that while he was at Larned State Hospital he became friends with co-defendant, Ryan J. Dancosse, Wichita. Brull gave his passwords to Dancosse for his social networking profiles, as well as his e-mail account.

In April and May 2011, Brull and Dancosse began communicating with a 14-year-old boy in Massachusetts via e-mail and telephone. Brull directed the boy to his social networking profiles on the Internet, where he knew Dancosse had uploaded pornography.

The boy was able to view the images on his computer and then discuss them with Brull.

Inmates in the prison wing at Larned State Hospital don’t have access to Internet, state officials have said.

Those officials said they think Brull had a contraband cellphone that was smuggled into the hospital. Since the incident, the state has adopted policies to make it more difficult to get a contraband cellphone, said Angela de Rocha, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Dancosse, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography. He is set for sentencing Oct. 2.