Doyle Hitchcock Found Guilty of Forcible Sodomy, Other Counts

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RE: CHRISTIAN COUNTY JURY FINDS DOYLE HITCHCOCK GUILTY OF FIVE COUNTS OF FORCIBLE SODOMY, TWO COUNTS OF FORCIBLE RAPE AND SIX COUNTS OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD

OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced that DOYLE  E HITCHCOCK DOB: 06/28/1963 formerly of Ozark, Missouri was found guilty on June 7, 2018 by a Christian County jury of five counts of forcible sodomy, two counts of forcible rape and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree.  A jury trial was commenced before the Honorable Judge Jennifer Growcock on June 4, 2018 and concluded on June 7, 2018.

The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before finding the defendant guilty.  Formal sentencing will be scheduled before the Honorable Judge Jennifer Growcock.

The range of punishment forcible sodomy and forcible rape is a term not less than five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections or a life sentence.  The range of punishment for the endangering the welfare of a child is a term of incarceration up to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine up to $5,000.

The investigation of this case was handled by Christian County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Tuohy.

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New APA John Peacock Sworn In

John Peacock takes the oath of office administered by the Hon. Doug Bacon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Peacock was sworn in as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Christian County on February 20, 2018 by the Honorable Judge Doug Bacon.

Peacock, a native of Kansas City, Missouri received his Juris Doctorate from the Louisiana State University (2017). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Riverside (2007).

1st Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janette Bleau leads John Peacock through the Prosecutor’s Code of Ethics.

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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