Atlamont resident Steven Larson has pleaded guilty to federal charge of Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Sexual Activity. The incident occurred on January 31st, when the 60-year-old Larson was supposed to take the 13-year-old girl to her karate lesson. The two never arrived at the lesson. They were instead found during the early morning hours of February 1st at a Sikeston, Missouri hotel. The federal charge was filed in June after a federal grand jury indicted Larson.
The sentencing date for the federal offense has been set for January 16, 2016. The sentencing judge will be Stephen Limbaugh Jr.
Larson still faces multiple local charges in Effingham County, as well as in Missouri. The charges at the state level likely won’t be handled until the federal proceedings have been completed.