The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

January 10, 2013

Judge orders man to stand trial in sex-abuse case


A Jasper County judge on Thursday ordered a Joplin man bound over for trial on charges that he sexually abused two minors between the years 1998 and 2002.

A woman and a man testified at a preliminary hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court that Gilbert R. Roland, 48, sexually abused them when they were teenagers living in Joplin.

At the conclusion of the hearing, Associate Judge Richard Copeland ruled that there was probable cause for the defendant to stand trial on three counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, and single counts of second-degree statutory rape and first-degree sexual misconduct.

The judge set Roland’s initial appearance in a trial division of the court for Jan. 25.

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