Five Southeast Missouri men charged in sex crime investigation

Saturday, May 16, 2009
Travis Guzman

editor's note: This story was edited to remove one of the suspects who was exonerated of the crime.

By Matt Sanders

Southeast Missourian

Tyler Emerson

BENTON, Mo. -- Five men, four from Scott County and one from Stoddard County, have been charged with a variety of sex crimes following a Scott County Sheriff's Department investigation, Sheriff Rick Walter said in a news release Friday.

The charges stem from allegations of sexual contact with a girl over the past two years, starting when she was 13 years old.

Michael E. Doles, 18, of Oran, Mo., was charged with four counts of second-degree child molestation. His bond was set at $15,000.

Travis L. Guzman, 22, of Oran was charged with nine counts of second-degree statutory rape, one count of second-degree statutory sodomy and 10 counts of second-degree child molestation. His bond was set at $75,000.

Tyler Emerson, 21, of Morley, Mo., was charged with second-degree statutory rape and five counts of second-degree child molestation. His bond was set at $75,000.

Michael R. Meador, 20, of Bell City, Mo., was charged with three counts of second-degree child molestation. His bond was set at $25,000.

msanders@semissourian.com

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