A Joplin man pleaded guilty this week in Jasper County Circuit Court to a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
Charles W. Bowers, 51, changed his plea to guilty in a plea deal with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office that would limit the prison time he might be assessed to two years. Circuit Judge David Dally delayed formal action on the plea bargain and ordered a sentencing-assessment report. A sentencing hearing was set for Oct. 15.
Bowers was arrested by a Jasper County sheriff’s deputy on Dec. 30, 2011, on a Greene County warrant alleging failure to register as a sex offender.
At the time, the defendant reportedly had been living for about a week in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mobile home park for Joplin tornado victims and had not registered with the sheriff’s office as required by law.
A probable-cause affidavit states that Bowers was convicted in 1999 of sexual misconduct with an 8-year-old girl.
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