The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

January 17, 2014

Joplin man waives preliminary hearing in sexual-abuse case

— A Joplin man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday on allegations that he sexually abused a girl beginning in 2004 when she was 7 years old and continued doing so until 2011.

Thomas L. Crain, 46, waived the hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin and was ordered bound over for trial on a charge of first-degree statutory sodomy. Associate Judge Richard Copeland set the defendant’s initial appearance in a trial division of the court for Feb. 3.

Crain was charged in May of last year after an investigation by the Joplin Police Department into disclosures the girl made to her mother. The defendant denied those allegations when he was interviewed by a detective, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

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