The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 19, 2012

Judge orders Joplin man to stand trial in sexual abuse case

The Joplin Globe

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.