|Mark D. Obrien is facing multiple sex charges|
A longtime foster father from Republic is facing multiple sex charges related to two boys were placed in his home.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Mark Daniel Obrien, 40, who was charged yesterday (01-30-12) with three counts of deviate statutory sodomy with a child under the age of 14, 1 count of felony child abuse, 1 count of child molestation and two counts of possession of child porn.
According to court records, the boys were between 7 and 9 years old at the time of the sexual assaults.
One of the boys told investigators that Obrien made him perform oral sex on him "on so many occasions that he could not remember the exact amount of times that the abuse occurred." The boy, who lived in Obrien's home from April of 2007 to June of 2009, also says that when Obrien had anal sex with him he videotaped it. He says he was also forced to watch kiddie porn with his foster dad.
The other boy told investigator's that Obrien inappropriately touched him on multiple occasions between June of 2009 and June of 2010.
According to the probable cause statement, a forensic computer examiner found multiple images of boys in various stages of undress engaged in sex acts on Obriens laptop. The history on that computer showed that Obrien had visited several sites that "made reference to child pornography."
Obrien has been a foster parent for about ten years and has had over fifty children, who were all boys, placed in his care.
The U.S. Marshals Southern Missouri Fugitive Task Force and Detectives with the Republic Police Department located and arrested fugitive Mark D. O’Brien, at the home a friend near Strafford.
O’Brien is being held in the Greene County jail on $100,000.00 bond.