A Joplin girl testified Wednesday that Donald S. French sexually abused her in November of last year when she was 12 years old.
French, 31, of Joplin, was ordered bound over for trial on a charge of first-degree statutory rape at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court at which the girl appeared as a witness. Associate Circuit Judge Richard Copeland set the defendant’s initial appearance in a trial division of the court for Aug. 10.
The girl testified that the abuse took place on more than one occasion and that she eventually told her teacher, school counselor and family members about it.
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Name of victim released in Range Line accident
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Second plea deal struck in Joplin murder case
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Fire destroys home in Joplin; no injuries cited
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Galena woman’s case to be reviewed after 120 days
A Jasper County judge assessed a Kansas woman four years in prison Friday on convictions for forgery and receiving stolen property, with a review of her case for possible placement on probation after 120 days.
Felony drug charges filed against three
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Pittsburg man dies in house fire; cause still out
PITTSBURG, Kan. — An early morning house fire Friday claimed the life of a Pittsburg man.
House fire claims life in Pittsburg
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Fire destroys home in Joplin
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Woman ordered to stand trial in assault case
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Suspect's bond set at $5 million in slaying of family
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