Sex Offender

Missouri sex offender sentenced to 33 years in prison after impregnating 14-year-old victim

 A prior sex offender in Carthage, Missouri, who impregnated a 14-year-old victim, was sentenced in federal court for the sexual exploitation of a child. Victor Alfonso Vasquez, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 33 years and nine months in federal prison without parole. On Dec. 16, 2019, Vasquez pleaded guilty […]

Prison Sentence

Bethany man sentenced to prison on rape, sodomy and sexual misconduct involving a child

A rural Bethany resident, 35-year-old Joseph Borntreger has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to multiple sex-related counts. Borntreger entered guilty pleas to four counts of statutory rape in the second degree; two counts of statutory sodomy; three counts of sexual misconduct involving a child under the age of 15; and one count of […]

Charles Spencer Henson

Livingston County authorities arrest child sex offender who failed to register change of address in Chillicothe

An investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office of a possible registration violation on a child sex offender has resulted in the arrest of a man on alleged felony violation for failing to register as a sex offender. Sheriff Steve Cox reports 30-year-old Charles Spencer Henson was also arrested on two outstanding Trenton municipal arrest […]

Child Sex Crimes

Chillicothe Police Department begins investigation into sexual misconduct, enticement of a minor

The Chillicothe Police Department began an investigation Tuesday on sexual misconduct, statutory rape, sodomy, and enticement of a minor. Police Chief Jon Maples reports Chillicothe School staff contacted officers in reference to an allegation by a juvenile female in reference to the enticement of a minor while at home. Officers of the police department, Livingston […]

Not Guilty Plea

Hamilton man charged with statutory rape pleads “Not Guilty”

A Hamilton man charged with felony accessory, statutory rape, second degree relating to an alleged sexual assault of a teen waived formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty in Division One of Caldwell County Circuit Court on Monday. Online court information shows 24-year-old Clay Tyler Dunlap’s case was continued to December 2, 2019. […]

Sex Crime

Harrison County man arrested, bond revoked for failure to appear on child sex charges

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hatfield man in Harrison County Monday on a capias warrant for failure to appear in court on several felony sex-related charges. Forty-one-year-old Michael John Welling has been charged with three counts of first-degree child molestation, first-degree statutory rape—sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 […]

Court News

Prison sentences and probation handed down in Thursday session of Grundy County Court

Thursday’s session of Grundy County Circuit Court resulted in a mix of prison sentences and probations imposed by Circuit Judge Thomas Alley. An Iowa resident, Jessica Ann Rinehart of Kellogg, pleaded guilty to four felony counts and was sentenced to seven years with the Department of Corrections for each. Terms run concurrently. Ms. Rinehart was […]

Court Gavel and Scales

Yoder brothers who face child sex charges waive preliminary hearing

Two brothers formerly of Hamilton voluntarily waived their right to a preliminary hearing in the Associate Division of Daviess County Circuit Court this week on multiple sex-related charges. Online information shows the court certified the cases of Enos Ray Yoder of Bloomfield, Iowa and Alfred Yoder of Albia, Iowa to Division One for arraignment March […]