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Former Verona man sentenced on child sexual abuse charges

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A former Verona man, Calvin Bloomer, 24, who was involved in a car crash in Barry County in October of 2010, has entered a plea of guilty in connection with several child sex crimes that came to light following that incident.

The youngest victim, who was 2 at the time of the wreck, had previously undergone a SAFE (sexual assault forensic evidence) exam in November of 2009 through the Children's Advocacy Center in Springfield, where it was discovered that she had extensive vaginal bruising.

According to Greene County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ami Miller, the children were taken into protective custody following that crash and placed into protective custody with the Division of Child Services and placed into foster homes.

The older girls, then 6 and 4, were then able to verbalize some of the abuse they had suffered and were given SAFE exams as well.

"The oldest two were able to give detailed disclosures about years of abuse, including both vaginal and anal penetration by their father," Miller said.

The evidence was turned over to a Greene County Grand Jury and an indictment containing eight charges was handed down in April of this year.

On Monday, Miller presented the graphic evidence at a hearing, and Bloomer entered a plea of guilty to one count of statutory rape and four counts of statutory sodomy. The remaining similar charges were dismissed.

Bloomer was sentenced to 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each count, which will run concurrently. Bloomer will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence, 17 years, before being eligible for parole.

"Just because he is eligible doesn't mean he will get it," Miller said. "He will also be subject to a lifetime of supervision by the Missouri Department of Probation and Parole, and he will have to register as a convicted sex offender for life."

Discovering the abuse was a gift of circumstance for law enforcement officials.

"If not for that car crash, we might never have found out about the abuse these children suffered," Miller said.

Bloomer was reportedly intoxicated at the time of the crash.

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