An Iowa man facing multiple charges involving sex trafficking and indecent liberties with a child signed off on a plea agreement Thursday afternoon in Ellis County District County.
Michael Terry Bressler, Red Oak, Iowa, 49 at the time, was arrested in early July 2015 — along with Lester William Crayton of Ellis County.
On Thursday, Bressler entered an Alford plea for aggravated human sex trafficking and criminal threat charges. He pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
An Alford plea is when a defendant enters a plea of guilty without admitting guilt. It provides the defendant an opportunity to receive a possible lighter sentence via a plea agreement as to what might happen if a trial took place and the defendant was found guilty of the charges.
The sentence for the sex trafficking charge could result in Bressler spending 147 to 653 months in prison, while the indecent liberties plea could mean anywhere from 31 to 136 months in prison. The criminal threat charge could result in 5 to 17 months in prison under normal sentencing standards.
Bressler will remain in the Ellis County Jail pending a pre-sentence investigation that will help Judge Glenn Braun determine if the court will accept the plea agreement as reached between the state and the defendant for 155 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections. He has the liberty to alter the agreement, since he was not a binding factor in the arrangement.
Crayton pleaded guilty Nov. 24 to charges of attempted rape, sexual exploitation of a child, aggravated indecent liberties with a child and electronic solicitation. He was sentenced to 94 months in prison on the attempted rape charge, 38 months for the indecent liberties charge and 55 months for the solicitation charge. He’s serving the sentences consecutively.
In the amended complaint, Bressler pleaded guilty to planning with Crayton to transport a teenager from Iowa to Hays for purposes of sexual intercourse.
Members of the Ellis County High Technology Crime Unit investigated the matter. The Plainville Police Department helped with the arrest of Bressler.