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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Woman charged with rape, sodomy

  • A Crocker woman has been accused of statutory rape and sodomy after allegedly engaging in sexual relations with a 16-year-old, according to court documents.
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  • A Crocker woman has been accused of statutory rape and sodomy after allegedly engaging in sexual relations with a 16-year-old, according to court documents.
    Kimberley Dawn Thornton, 26, of Crocker, has been charged with statutory rape and statutory sodomy, both class C felonies, for an incident that occurred between December 2013 and January 2014.
    The Crocker Police Department began investigating the incident in February when the Missouri Department of Social Services told police of an allegation involving a 16-year-old male having sexual intercourse with a 26-year-old female.
    The 16-year-old told police that he was at a friends house during winter break when “he asked [Thornton] if she wanted to have sex,” according to court documents. He then went to her residence engaged in consensual sexual intercourse.
    When police interviewed Thornton in March, she admitted to engaging in sexual intercourse and oral sex with the 16-year-old. She also told police the 16-year-old said he was 18 years old, but she also stated before the incident occurred, the 16-year-old's brother said the victim was 15 years old and she was “confused about his age.”
    In Missouri, it is illegal for a person over 21 years old to have sex with someone under 17.
    Thornton also was 12 weeks pregnant at the time of the interview in March and provided a Facebook conversation in which the victim asked her to keep his name off any papers that may be related to the DNA testing of her unborn child because he worked with a local volunteer organization.
    Thornton was arraigned in Pulaski County Court last week and is set to appear in court on May 6. If convicted, she could face up to 14 years in prison. She is currently in Pulaski County Jail with a $50,000 bond.
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