From staff reports
NEOSHO, Mo. — A Newton County man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday on a charge that he sexually abused a 3-year-old girl.
Jonathan W. Ruddick, 18, waived the hearing in Newton County Circuit Court and was ordered bound over for trial on a charge of first-degree child molestation.
Associate Judge Gregory Stremel set Feb. 25 for Ruddick’s initial appearance in a trial division of the court.