The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

March 27, 2014

Three men facing trials in cases of sex offenses

AIRPORT DRIVE, Mo. — Three defendants waived their rights to preliminary hearings this week in Jasper County Circuit Court in separate sex offense cases and were ordered bound over for trial.

Kerry L. Pennington Jr., 44, of Webster City, Iowa, waived a hearing on charges of first-degree child molestation and second-degree statutory sodomy and was ordered to make an initial appearance April 7 in a trial division of the court.

Pennington is accused of molesting a girl under the age of 14 in Alba between April and July of 2012, according to a probable-cause affidavit. The sodomy charge pertains to alleged contact with the girl in September 2012.

The Jasper County prosecutor’s office amended a child molestation charge that Dennis A. Brown, 60, of Joplin, was facing to two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy at his preliminary hearing. Brown waived the charges and was ordered bound over for trial, with an initial appearance in a trial division of the court scheduled for April 11.

Brown is accused of having sexual contact with a girl under the age of 14 on multiple occasions in 2013, according to a probable-cause affidavit. He was arrested in September after an investigation by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.

Terryray L. Riggle, 32, of Neck City, waived a hearing on a charge of sexual misconduct with a child under the age of 15 and was ordered to make an initial appearance in a trial division on April 7.

Riggle is accused of exposing himself to a girl riding in the front seat of his pickup truck Oct. 25 on Interstate 49 in Jasper County, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

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