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Marble Hill man charged with child molestation, statutory rape

Thursday, January 22, 2009

MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Marble Hill man faces child molestation and statutory rape charges in connection with an incident that occurred in October, according to a probable cause statement written and signed by Bollinger County Deputy Travis W. Rainey.

Brandon E. Johnson, 20, was arrested on Jan. 21 after Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Gray filed charges in the case.

The alleged adolescent victim in the case stated during an interview at the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence that she'd had consensual intercourse with a male matching Johnson's description, the statement said.

The victim said the man's name was "Brandon," according to the sworn statement. Johnson waived his Miranda Rights during an interview with police and gave a voluntary statement placing himself at the scene on the date the victim said the encounter occurred, the probable cause statement said.

Johnson also admitted to having met the victim, the statement said.

An arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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It seems the me that the Southeast Missourian is always willing to print something bad about Bollinger County, but is never willing to print anything that would show Bollinger County in a better light. There are many hard-working, honest people living in a very pretty county. Sure, we have some people who aren't willing to do their part in making it a better place to live, but overall, it is a good place to live and raise your family. Did the Missourian notice article about a Bollinger County school in the U.S. News and World Report? Did it get mentioned in the Missourian?

-- Posted by StraitTalk on Thu, Jan 22, 2009, at 8:07 PM

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