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Man admits to coercing girl into sex acts

Authorities said a man admitted to coercing a seven-year-old girl into sex acts by offering her a corn dog.

On Wednesday, the Randolph County prosecutor charged Joseph Schmitt with promoting child pornography, possession of child pornography, statutory sodomy, child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to court records, a highway patrol trooper was conducting an online investigation into people sharing child pornography when he came across a download linked to Chris Schmitt’s IP address. Chris Schmitt is Joseph Schmitt's father.

During a search of Chris Schmitt’s home on Henry Street, investigators seized a laptop which Joseph Schmitt said he used to download child pornography.

When Joseph Schmitt went to the Moberly Police Department for an interview he admitted to coercing a seven-year-old girl into sexual acts by offering her a corn dog.

He also admitted to taking nude photographs of the child and sharing the pictures on the internet.

Editor's note: The story has been updated for clarity.

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