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DIAMOND, Mo. -- A small-town mayor and pastor charged with enticing a child over the Internet called the investigating detective at home and asked him to stop the case.
Police Detective Jim Murray played a tape of the Wednesday phone call from Allen Kauffman, 63, to The Associated Press.
On the tape, Kauffman says he is begging for mercy and asks the detective to make the case go away.
At one point, Kauffman asks if the detective could "just take" the hard drive seized from Kauffman's home computer and not do anything with the evidence.
Kauffman, reached at home, confirmed to the AP that he had made the phone call but denied he was asking the detective to destroy evidence.
Kauffman was arrested Friday on four counts of felony enticement of a child in a sting orchestrated by Murray, who was posing online as a teenager from another southwest Missouri town. Kauffman is free on $50,000 bond.
Prosecutors alleged in court filings that Kauffman believed he was communicating with a 13-year-old girl from the Joplin area in a Yahoo chat room last November and December. In online messages, Kauffman allegedly asked the girl for sex and for nude pictures and encouraged her to have sex with a girlfriend in front of a webcam so Kauffman could watch.
Missouri law allows recording of a phone conversation between two parties within the state as long as at least one of the callers knows about and consents to the recording, Kansas City media attorney Jean Maneke said. Murray said he did not tell Kauffman he was taping the call but was not required to under that law.
In his call to Murray, Kauffman said his wife had told him, "Honey, my love is stronger than this," apparently referring to the criminal charges.
"I guarantee, I guarantee you, that I will never have that (chat) program on my computer again as long as I live," Kauffman told the detective.