ROLLA, Mo.-- A Rolla man has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences and 22 years for the sexual abuse of a child.
49-year-old Lawrence Mullen was found guilty of two counts of statutory sodomy, sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of child pornography, and use of a child in a sexual performance. Mullen was found guilty in July 2017.
Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney, Brendon Fox said, "This was one of the most horrible cases I have ever had to prosecute. Mr. Mullen subjected his five-year-old victim to horrible sexual abuse and photographed himself doing it. Additionally, he had many images of child pornography on his computer.
I’m thankful for the victim’s mother for coming forward and making sure he couldn’t have any more victims. I’m thankful for the investigation by the Det. Sgt. Hank Harper and the others at RPD. I’m thankful for the excellent forensic computer work performed by Inv. Wayne Becker. I’m thankful for the work by Moriah Joplin and everyone else at all Child Advocacy Centers statewide. And I am thankful for the assistance at trial by Assistant Prosecutor Kara Breshears and my Legal Assistant Linda Morris. This was a big win for the good guys and we can all rest a little easier knowing Lawrence Mullen can never hurt another child.”
Police say the investigation started May 4, 2016, when they got a report of child molestation at a house on E. 11th Street while she was visiting there.
A search warrant was served on the house June 14. Police say they seized several electronic devices that had digital images, including evidence of the molestation.
A Tennessee man is jailed on accusations of sexually abusing an Alabama child from the time she was an infant through her early teenage years.
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COWPENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has charged an Upstate man in connection with the sexual abuse of a child.
According to an arrest warrant, 46-year-old Thomas Reid Kirk Sr. committed sexual battery upon a boy between November 2009 and November 2010. The warrant indicates the victim was under the age of 11.
SLED said the warrant was issued based on an investigation after the victim disclosed the abuse during an interview at the Spartanburg Child Advocacy Center.
Kirk is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center.
A man accused of raping two young female relatives tried to overdose on painkillers because he would “rather die than go to jail,” the victims’ mother told deputies in Texas.
Steven Lyn Deaton, 39, of San Antonio, remains in custody in the Bexar County Jail after being charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child, a first-degree felony, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
One of the victims called Bexar County deputies on Sept. 18 to report a suicide attempt. The girl, a 15-year-old sophomore in high school, and her mom told deputies that Deaton tried to kill himself because he feared doing time for sexually assaulting the teen since she was in first grade.
The officers found Deaton highly intoxicated and took him to a hospital on an emergency detention hold after he was unable to respond to questions about the allegations.
Deaton had indicated before the apparent suicide attempt that he would “rather die than go to jail,” the mother told deputies. He then ingested an unknown amount of a powerful painkiller called Tramadol, according to an affidavit obtained by the newspaper.
The victim’s sister also told deputies that Deaton had sexually abused her as well, claiming he told each of them that they would allow him to perform sex acts on them “if she loved him,” according to the affidavit.
Deaton was arrested following his release from the hospital. He’s currently facing one count of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, according to Bexar County Central Magistrate records, although he may face additional charges connected to the alleged abuse of the second female relative.