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DUSTY STEVENS SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR STATUTORY RAPE 1ST DEGREE, CHILD MOLESTATION 2ND DEGREE AND SEXUAL MISCONDUCT INVOLVING A CHILD

OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced that on October 17, 2014, DUSTY A. STEVENS DOB: 10/16/1992 formerly of Buffalo, MO was sentenced by Special Judge Blankenship. Stevens had previously pleaded guilty in front of the late Judge Mark Orr on December 20, 2013 to three sexually related offenses. Count I – the unclassified felony of Statutory Rape 1st Degree of a Child less than 14, Count II – the class A misdemeanor of Child Molestation 2nd Degree, Count III – the class D felony of Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child by Indecent Exposure.

For count I the defendant pled guilty to having sexual intercourse with a 13 year-old junior high school girl on April 5, 2013. The defendant was living in the residence at the time. For count II the defendant pled guilty to having sexual intercourse with another junior high school girl who was 14 years-old. These incidents occurred between February 17, 2013 and February 28, 2013. For count III, the defendant sent a nude photograph of himself exposing his genitals to the 14 year-old girl.

Special Judge Blankenship sentenced Stevens to TWENTY YEARS in the Missouri Department of Corrections on Count I and ONE YEAR on Count II and FOUR YEARS in the Missouri Department of Corrections on Count III all counts to run concurrent for a total of TWENTY YEARS in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

For count I currently the law requires a defendant to serve 85% sentence before being eligible for parole.

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PROSECUTOR AMY FITE HONORED BY THE SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL

Ozark, MO – Christian County Prosecuting Attorney, Amy Fite was honored as one of the “20 Most Influential Women” by the Springfield Business Journal. Each year, 20 women in southwest Missouri are honored for improving the business, civic and philanthropic communities. The award recognizes the leadership, influence and civic involvement of women in the community. She accepted the award at the luncheon at the University Plaza on October 10, 2014.

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ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR KRISTEN TUOHY HONORED AT THE MISSOURI BAR FOUNDATION & PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDS LUNCHEON

OZARK, MO – Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Kristen Tuohy was recently honored as one of three recipients of the Lon O. Hocker Award by the Missouri Bar Association, held on September 10, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Lon O. Hocker Award was established by Mary B. Hocker in 1954 in memory of her late husband, an outstanding St. Louis trial lawyer. The Missouri Bar Association makes the awards annually to young lawyers who have demonstrated unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy.

Kristen Tuohy is currently serving as First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Missouri in 1999 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2003. Upon graduating from law school, she worked as an assistant public defender in the Carthage Trial Office for three years. From there, she went on to serve as an assistant prosecutor for the Newton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she handled the associate circuit court docket. In 2007, she moved to Springfield, where she served as an assistant attorney general in the financial services division.

Prior to joining the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 2012, Tuohy served as an assistant prosecutor with the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for more than four years. She began in the General Crimes Unit before being promoted to senior assistant prosecuting attorney in the Major Crimes Unit, where she primarily handled serious drug offenses. She was a POST-certified Instructor at the Springfield Police Academy, instructing on the topic of search and seizure without a warrant.

Tuohy has significant trial experience defending and prosecuting a wide variety of criminal charges. In addition to her official duties, she serves on the CASP (Community Alternative Sentencing Program) board and instructs local law enforcement agencies in a variety of topics. When she is not working, Tuohy is very involved in the sport of reining horses and competes at the local and national level.

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PROSECUTOR AMY FITE RECEIVES THE MAPA FAMILY VIOLENCE HERO OF THE YEAR AWARD

Ozark, MO – The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA) awarded Prosecutor Amy Fite the 2014 Family Violence Hero of the Year award. She accepted this award on August 27, 2014 at Tan-Tar-A Lodge during the MAPA fall conference.   This award is given to recognize a prosecutor, law enforcement officer, victims’ services representative, or other allied professional who has displayed extraordinary dedication to victim well-being and safety and perpetrator accountability as demonstrated by one or more of the following:

•  Work on a specific case:  A high profile or complicated case requiring the nominee to go above and beyond the normal bounds of his or her responsibilities.

•  Training:  A demonstrated dedication to the training of prosecutors, law enforcement officers, or the public on issues related to child abuse, domestic violence or sexual violence.

•  Legal or legislative developments:  Work on a new or significant issues related to child abuse, domestic violence or sexual violence.

•  Victim services:  An extraordinary focus on victim services and advocacy for victim’s rights.

•  Career achievement:  A general demonstration of interest in, work on and dedication to child abuse, domestic violence and sexual violence issues.

 

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INVESTIGATOR JJ GOULBOURNE CHOSEN FOR MOSIA EXECUTIVE BOARD

JJ Goulbourne, Investigator and System Administrator for the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office, has been chosen to serve as an Executive Board Member for the Missouri State Investigators Association. MOSIA’s purpose is to promote the free exchange of inter-agency information necessary to effectively carry out the work of association members. The organization provides educational opportunities for governmental personnel that engage in investigative work and enhances the status of investigative work as a profession.

JJ has worked in the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office since 2013 and has 21 years of law enforcement experience and 16 years Military experience. As a member of this Board, he will represent Investigators who work for Prosecutors and direct the organization’s website campaign. One of his leading duties will be to improve the MOSIA’s current website.

 

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