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Crime & Courts

March 7, 2014

Man enters plea in sodomy case, faces deportation

NEOSHO, Mo. — A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge in a statutory sodomy case involving a 16-year-old boy.

Saulo D. Juarez-Lucas, of Neosho, pleaded guilty in Newton County Circuit Court to a misdemeanor offense of child molestation in a plea deal with the prosecutor’s office. Juarez-Lucas had been facing a felony count of second-degree statutory sodomy for alleged contact he had with a boy he met via a smartphone application.

Prosecutor Jake Skouby said the boy, who is now 17, preferred that the plea offer be made than the prospect of a trial and the need to testify.

Circuit Judge Kevin Selby assessed Juarez-Lucas six months in jail, gave him credit for having served that amount of time already and ordered him turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for initiation of deportation proceedings. Authorities say he is in he U.S. illegally.

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