We are in the process of updating our website to a new service provider. Our old site is still available at http://www.archive.thelickingnews.com until all content has been migrated. If you are looking for something and cannot find it here, please go to our archive. Feel free to send us an email at publisher@thelickingnews.com if you need help finding something.

Statutory Rape Investigation

Submitted photo
Submitted by 
Sheriff Scott K. Lindsey
  In response to a referral from the Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division, the Texas County Sheriff’s office initiated an investigation for allegations of statutory rape.
  During the investigation, a 16-year-old female was identified as the alleged victim. The suspect was identified as Samuel W. Thomas, age 35. Thomas was interviewed and admitted to engaging in sexual intercourse with the victim. Thomas was arrested and incarcerated in the Texas County Jail.
  Samuel W. Thomas, of Bucyrus, was charged by Prosecuting Attorney Parke Stevens with statutory rape second degree.  Thomas was held in the Texas County jail pending bond of $200,000.
  The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


Last Month Top Stories