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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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.
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.
CHRISTIAN COUNTY JURY FINDS GLEN ORION HENDRIX, JR. GUILTY OF TWO COUNTS OF STATUTORY SODOMY 2nd DEGREE AND ONE COUNT CHILD MOLESTATION 2nd DEGREE
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced August 6, 2014 that GLEN ORION HENDRIX, JR dob: 8/15/1984 was found guilty by a Christian County jury of two counts of statutory sodomy 2nd degree and one count of child molestation 2nd degree. A jury trial was commenced before Special Judge Michael Cordonnier on August 4, 2014 and concluded on August 6, 2014.
The jury deliberated approximately 4 hours before reaching its verdicts. The defendant was convicted of crimes occurring on or between May 7 and May 8, 2010. The facts presented at trial included that the offense occurred following the defendant returning to his sister’s home in Nixa following a poker game at neighbor’s house where the defendant had been drinking. He found his brother-in-law’s 15 year-daughter asleep on the couch in the living room. Evidence presented included Y chromosome DNA consistent with the defendant’s paternal line on the inside of the victim’s underwear. Following the crime being reported on May 10, 2010 to the Nixa Police Department, the Nixa Police Department investigated the case.
Formal sentencing is scheduled before Special Judge Michael Cordonnier on October 2, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
The range of punishment for statutory sodomy in the second degree which is a class C felony is confinement for a term of 1 day to 7 years or a fine not to exceed $5,000. The range of punishment child molestation 2nd degree is 1 day to 1 year in the county jail or a fine not to exceed $1,000. If all three counts were to be run consecutively the maximum punishment is 15 years incarceration and a fine of $11,000.