Missouri woman charged with sex crimes against child, dog

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, December 22, 2011

A year after similar charges were dropped, a Missouri woman is being charged with several federal sex offenses. The Macon County Sheriff’s office arrested the 34-year-old woman Dec. 1 and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child, statutory sodomy and the use of a child in a sexual performance.

All of these charges are felonies, which carry extremely serious penalties in the state of Missouri. Additionally, the woman was charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful sex acts with a dog, court documents indicate.

The woman allegedly admitted to the sex offenses against the child, who is believed to be a teenage female relative, as well as the sexual acts against the animal. She reportedly told detectives that she committed the acts at the request of her 35-year-old husband.

The woman’s husband, who was allegedly present at the time of the sex acts, is also currently facing federal sex-related charges, including one count of child endangerment and two counts of child pornography.

The couple was charged with similar offenses last year but prosecutors claim the charges were dropped in an attempt to gather more evidence against them. The woman remains jailed in Macon County on a $9,000 cash-only bond.

In Missouri, charges like this are understandably serious and could result in substantial jail time and severe penalties, including being classified as a sex offender for life. Considering both the man and woman are facing several felonies, they have an uphill road ahead of them.

A strong defense will need to be presented to attempt to fight these charges and come to the most fair and favorable resolution.

Source:
 The Kakeland, “Missouri Woman Arrested On Child- Dog Sex Crimes,” Dec. 02, 2011