Lawsuit

Lawsuit filed in connection with incident at Chillicothe Correctional Center

Another lawsuit has been filed against a former employee of a company contracted for services at the Chillicothe Correctional Center who previously pleaded guilty to felony sexual conduct with a prisoner. The Kansas City Star reports the lawsuit alleges that John Thomas Dunn sexually assaulted 49-year-old Teresa Ketner after she sought counseling at the correctional […]

Donald Peckham

Audio: Missouri jury finds 86-year-old former minister to be violent sexual predator

The attorney general’s office has convinced a Jasper County jury in southwest Missouri that an 86-year-old former minister is still at risk of sexually abusing teenage boys.     That’s even after he completed a 15-year prison sentence for the abuse. The unanimous verdict determined that Donald D. Peckham is a sexually violent predator who […]

Child Exploitation

Missouri man sentenced for child pornography, sexual exploitation

A Grain Valley, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for traveling to North Dakota for illicit sex with a 14-year-old child, who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, while he was under investigation for distributing child pornography over the internet. Andy Earl Crook, 63, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs […]

Child Porn

Former high school teacher, swim coach sentenced to 30 years for child pornography

A former high school teacher and swim team coach was sentenced in federal court for sexually assaulting and exploiting numerous child victims, whom he secretly videotaped. James Russell Green, Jr., 54, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 30 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Green to pay […]

Sex Offender

Registered sex offender sentenced to 15-years in federal prison for child pornography

A registered sex offender in Independence, Mo., has been sentenced in federal court for possessing and exchanging child pornography over the internet. Harrison Elliot Combs, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark on Wednesday, May 15, to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Combs to 20 years of […]

Child Pornography

Grain Valley man pleads guilty to child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child

A Grain Valley, Missouri, man who was already under investigation for distributing child pornography over the internet pleaded guilty in federal court to traveling to North Dakota for illicit sex with a 14-year-old child, who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer. Andy Earl Crook, 63, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs […]

Child Pornography

Excelsior Springs man sentenced to prison for child pornography

An Excelsior Springs, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court for possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography. Gabriel Valencia, Jr., 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 10 years in federal prison without parole. On Nov. 30, 2018, Valencia pleaded guilty to attempting to distribute child pornography over the internet […]

Lawsuit

Audio: Missouri’s oversight to be examined after $1 billion lawsuit alleges sexual assault at nursing home

A Missouri lawmaker wants answers after the family of an 84-year-old woman filed a billion-dollar lawsuit, claiming she was sexually assaulted repeatedly at a nursing home. Democratic Representative Courtney Curtis of Ferguson suspects the state’s Facilities Review Committee could be exercising lax oversight because he was once asked to be a member.     Democratic […]

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Audio: Missouri could be bellwether of how Supreme Court nominee plays in midterm election

Missouri could be the key indicator of how important the Supreme Court nominee is the midterm elections.     U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley and fellow Republicans have aggressively used the confirmation of Washington D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a campaign wedge issue against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. President Trump gave high praise […]

Catholic Diocese

Audio: Diocese of Jefferson City Bishop McKnight addresses reporters about Hawley investigation

(Missourinet) – The Bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City says Missouri’s Attorney General has called to express his gratitude for voluntarily letting the AG’s office review diocese files about clergy abuse. Bishop Shawn McKnight briefed reporters Friday afternoon and discussed the Pennsylvania grand jury report. McKnight is critical of previous church leaders.     […]