Landmark assistant editor
A Platte County man who is a registered
Missouri sex offender sits in the Johnson County
jail in Gardner, Kan., after Shawnee, Kan., police
detectives arrested him Friday evening for alleged
aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
Mark Tyler Rideout, 46, of the
7200 block of NW Coronado, in Kansas City
Platte County, has been on the Missouri Sex Offender
Registry since his 1998 guilty plea to statutory
rape, a Class C felony.
On Monday, Johnson County, Kan.,
prosecutors charged Rideout with four counts of
aggravated indecent liberties with a child, for
having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old Shawnee,
All four incidents of indecent
liberties with a child are alleged to have occurred
in the 14-year-old victims home in Shawnee,
according to Capt. Ron Copeland, of the Shawnee
Police allege that Copeland also
had sex with the girl at his Platte County residence,
Rideout faces the possibility
of 7 1/2-8 1/2 years in a Kansas prison and up
to $300,000 in fines on each of the four charges
in Johnson County.
Rideout remains incarcerated in
the Johnson County jail in Gardner under a $100,000
cash or corporate bond.
On Friday evening, Shawnee detectives
arrested Rideout after they earlier instructed
his 14-year-old alleged victim to call Rideout
on the telephone, tell him her parents were absent
from the home and then invite him over for sex,
an invitation that Rideout readily accepted, according
to Capt. Copeland.
Rideout was met at the door
of his victims house by a male Shawnee detective,
In Kansas, aggravated indecent
liberties with a child encompasses many types
of criminal sex acts. In Rideouts case,
the aggravated indecent liberties with a child
charges allege that Rideout had sexual intercourse
with a child who is 14 or more years of age but
less than 16 years of age.
Rideouts alleged victim
is the 14-year-old daughter of a friend. She is
a student at a public high school in Shawnee.
Rideout has multiple convictions
on his record for sex crimes.
On Dec. 13, 1993, Rideout pleaded
guilty in Platte County to indecent exposure,
a Class A misdemeanor, and received probation.
On Dec. 15, 1993, Rideout pleaded
guilty to forcible sodomy in Clay County, a felony,
with which he was originally charged on Aug. 6,
In that guilty plea, Rideouts
probation was revoked (for the indecent exposure
conviction), and he was sentenced to six months
in the Clay County jail and two years of probation.
On May 6, 1998, Rideout was arrested
and charged with three felony sex crime violations,
also in Clay County.
The Clay County prosecutor charged
Rideout with one count of forcible rape, a Class
C felony; one count of statutory sodomy, a Class
D felony; and one count of statutory rape, a Class
Rideout pleaded guilty to the
charge of statutory rape. In exchange the Clay
County prosecutor dropped the forcible rape and
statutory sodomy charges against Rideout.
Rideout was employed at a hamburger
and chili restaurant on NE Vivion in Gladstone,
according to the Shawnee police department investigative
Rideouts next docket call
hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5, at
9 a.m., in Division 1 of the Johnson County District
Court, Judge Peter Ruddick presiding.