ADRIAN SHAW FOUND GUILTY STATUTORY SODOMY FIRST DEGREE

OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that Adrian Shaw, age 56, of St. Louis, Missouri, was found guilty of statutory sodomy first degree.  A jury trial commenced on Monday, August 14, 2017 in the City of St. Louis with the Honorable Judge Jimmie Edwards presiding.  The jury rendered its guilty verdict on Thursday, August 17, 2017, finding the defendant guilty of statutory sodomy in the first degree of a child less than 12.  The facts presented included that on or between June 2 and June 3, 2015, the defendant had deviate sexual intercourse with a three-year-old little girl.  The defendant was the boyfriend of the child’s grandmother.  The court prior to commencement of the jury trial found the defendant to be a prior and persistent felony offender.  The Honorable Jimmie Edwards will sentence Shaw on October 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 19 of the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis.

The case was prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite and First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kristen M. Tuohy serving as special prosecutors.  The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney was appointed January 31, 2017 by the Honorable Michael Stelzer of the 22nd Judicial Circuit to serve as a special prosecutor for this matter.  The City of St. Louis Police Department’s Child Abuse Unit Detective Julie Johnson was the primary investigator of this crime.

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NATHAN C. FALIG JR. FOUND GUILTY OF SEPTEMBER 2015 RAPE, SODOMY, SEXUAL ABUSE, KIDNAPPING AND TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE

OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that Nathan Calistro Falig Jr. was found guilty of rape in the first degree, two counts of sodomy in the first degree, sexual abuse in the first degree, kidnapping, and two counts of tampering with physical evidence. Falig was found not guilty of armed criminal action. The Honorable Judge Jennifer Growcock reached her verdict after hearing evidence about the September 2015 offenses over the course of a two-day bench trial held on July 25-26, 2017. The verdict was announced in open court on August 3, 2017.  Falig is set for sentencing before the Honorable Jennifer Growcock on October 3, 2017, at 10:00 AM.

The case was prosecuted by First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kristen M. Tuohy.  The Ozark Police Department investigated the crime.

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JESSICA GOODWIN RECEIVES 14 YEARS FOR HER INVOLVEMENT IN DAYCARE THEFTS

On July 6, 2017, Jessica Goodwin, age 30, was sentenced for five separate felony cases by the Honorable Laura Johnson, Presiding Circuit Judge for Christian County.  She was convicted on five class C felonies for identity theft, four class C felonies for forgery, one Class C felony for property damage in the first degree, one class C felony for receiving stolen property, and one class C felony for possession of controlled substance.  She received the maximum sentence of seven (7) years sentence on each count in the Department of Corrections with some sentences run consecutively and other concurrently for a total sentence of fourteen (14) years in the Department of Corrections. The Court entered restitution judgments to the victims.  The defendant was sentenced to the long-term substance abuse program under Section 217.362 RSMo. There were five separate victims of the defendant.

Goodwin was involved with other co-defendants in crimes from November 18, 2016 through December 14, 2016.   The defendants broke into motor vehicles at daycares in Ozark and Nixa.  This occurred as parents were dropping off or picking up their children.    The defendants stole purses and wallets.  The defendants then immediately attempted to use credit cards from the purses and wallets at various retail stores with the victims’ identity.  The defendants broke into both locked and unlocked vehicles.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Christian County Prosecuting Attorney John L. Young.  These crimes were investigated by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Ozark Police Department, and the Nixa Police Department.

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MICHAEL BURGESS FOUND GUILTY OF UNLAWFUL USE OF WEAPON

Michael Burgess, age 40 from Springfield, Mo, was found guilty of the Class D felony for unlawful use of a weapon following a day and half bench trial heard by the Honorable Laura Johnson, Presiding Circuit Judge for Christian County, Missouri.    A sentence assessment report has been ordered with sentencing set for June 8, 2017.

According the testimony, the defendant drew his firearm and pointed at his ex-wife and her family on his ex-wife’s property.  The defendant threatened to blow their heads off.  The defendant and victims were outside the front door and porch of the ex-wife’s residence.

The case was prosecuted by John L. Young, Senior Assistant Christian County Prosecuting Attorney.  The case was investigated by the Christian County Sheriff Office with assistance from the Ozark Police Department.

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JOHN YOUNG SR. APA COMPLETES TRAINING AT THE NATIONAL COMPUTER FORENSICS INSTITUTE

From May 1 through May 5, 2017, John L. Young, Senior Assistant Prosecuting for Christian County completed training at the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) in Hoover, Alabama. The NCFI is a partnership between the United States Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, and the Alabama District Attorney’s Association to train state and local law enforcement, judges and prosecutors in computer forensics and digital evidence. Mr. Young was one of a select group of prosecutors that came from all over the United States.  Those that attend do so at no cost to the local jurisdiction.

The five-day course provides hands-on experience to allow prosecutors to obtain knowledge and insight into handling criminal cases with digital evidence. The training teaches prosecutors how the computer forensics process is completed by investigators and how to better evaluate and present computer crimes cases.

The in-court exercises dealt with a fictional case that involved fraudulent computer access, identity theft, and forgery of documents, which will equip to him in successfully handling his caseload including property and financial crimes.

In our age of technology, various offenses are committed, documented or aided using a computer or electronic device.  Citizens face the possibility of having his or her electronically stored information hacked and becoming victims of identity theft and or the loss confidential information.  Prosecutors and law enforcement must seek training to equip them with the knowledge necessary to effectively pursue justice.

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