Texas radio host admits sexually abusing kids, paying $45,000 to have prosecutor killed

Texas radio host admits sexually abusing kids, paying $45,000 to have prosecutor killed
Dan Steffen (Image: CBS News video screen grab)

[Ed. – Sounds like a swell guy.]

Chilling radio broadcasts with the voices of an admitted pedophile and his victims were played in a Collin County courtroom Thursday. CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports that Plano syndicated radio host, Dan Steffen, pleaded guilty to abusing four victims. “I’m pleading guilty because I am guilty,” said Steffen.

But police believe there are dozens, if not hundreds, of others.

Steffen not only admitted to sexually abusing boys, but he also pleaded guilty to offering someone $45,000 to have his prosecutor killed. He worked as a radio host out of his home and prosecutors revealed disturbing excerpts from broadcasts talking about and to his victims.

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The 70-year-old Plano man hosted a syndicated radio show for small stations across the county under the name Rick Austin. Steffen pleaded guilty to child sex abuse and attempted capital murder.

Plano detectives raided his home last year after hearing he was engaging in sex acts with a 16-year-old boy. “He had known him since he was about 10 years old,” said Daniel Bryeans with the Plano Police Department.

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