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Crime & Courts

December 10, 2013

Neosho man waives hearing in sodomy case

NEOSHO, Mo. — A 30-year-old Neosho man waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges that he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy.

Dustin W. Patrum waived the hearing in Newton County Circuit Court in Neosho on three counts of second-degree statutory sodomy and was ordered bound over for trial by Associate Judge Gregory Stremel. The judge set the defendant’s initial appearance in a trial division of the court for Dec. 16.

Patrum was charged earlier this year after an investigation by the Newton County Sheriff’s Department.

A probable-cause affidavit states that the boy, who is from another town in Newton County, told an investigator that he had met a man named “Marcus” online. “Marcus” picked him up at his house, took him to an address in Neosho, bought him alcohol and had sex with him, the affidavit alleges.

The investigator questioned Patrum, who admitted picking the boy up and buying him alcohol, according to the affidavit. But he denied having sex with him and told the investigator that their sexual contact was limited to touching.

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