A Joplin man pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge in Jasper County Circuit Court in a sex-abuse case involving a 13-year-old girl and was assessed a suspended sentence.
Kenneth E. Rouse, 59, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of child molestation in a plea agreement with the prosecutor’s office. He had been facing a felony count of first-degree statutory sodomy.
Associate Circuit Judge Richard Copeland accepted the plea agreement and assessed Rouse one year in jail, with execution of the sentence suspended and the defendant placed on supervised probation for two years. The judge also ordered that he have no contact with the victim.
The charge was filed in October of last year after a Joplin Police Department investigation of an incident on June 15, 2011, when Rouse allegedly abused the girl sexually.
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