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Crime & Courts

December 9, 2010

Teen to stand trial in statutory rape case

NEOSHO, Mo. — A Webb City teen has been ordered to stand trial in Newton County on a charge of statutory rape for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl when he was 17.

Zachariah A. Lambert, now 18, had a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Newton County Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree statutory rape. At the conclusion of the hearing, Associate Circuit Judge Gregory Stremel ordered Lambert bound over for trial and set Dec. 13 for his initial appearance in a trial division of the court.

The girl involved in the case, who is 14 now, testified that she has known Lambert since this past summer and had been “sort of” dating him. She told the court that in September he picked her up near her house and took her to a parking lot of a restaurant in Neosho, where they had intercourse twice the same night.

The girl said her mother learned of the matter after confronting her about something her mother found in her laundry.

A probable-cause affidavit filed in the case states that Lambert acknowledged to an investigator with Neosho police that they had sex.

The charge of first-degree statutory rape applies to anyone having sexual intercourse with someone younger than 14 in Missouri.


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