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Man convicted of sexual assault

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Monett man has been convicted of sexual assault, a class C felony, following a three-day jury trial in Stone County on a change of venue.

Timothy Rawlings, of Monett, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl without her consent while she was at his house over the weekend of Aug. 1, 2 and 3, 2008.

Testimony was received from both the victim and the daughter of Rawling's then- girlfriend that Rawlings had provided or allowed them to drink alcohol over the course of the weekend.

In the affidavit of probable cause, the victim identified Rawlings as her attacker and admitted that he had plied her with several shots of vodka.

Also testifying in the case were Monett Police Officers Jerry Harrison, Jeff Martinson, Brian Brown, Jason Francis and former officers Jason LeClair and Matt Houck. Testimony was also received from three Highway Patrol Crime Lab criminalists.

Jurors reviewed photographic evidence presented during the three-day trial during their deliberations before returning the guilty verdict to Judge Alan Blankenship.

Barry County Prosecuting Attorney Johnnie Cox presented evidence for the State. Rawlings was represented by Charles Oppelt, of Carthage.

The Missouri Board of Probation and Parole was ordered to complete a pre-sentencing investigation and file its report by Sept. 30.

"I think this is a situation where adults providing alcohol to minors can lead to very serious consequences," said Cox. "There's also a warning to parents to know where their kids are going and who they are staying with."

Sentencing has been set for Oct. 3 in Stone County. Rawlings could face a sentence of up to seven years in prison.



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