According to a press release from Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman, Jeffrey Waters, 35, and Roy Collins, 53, were successfully prosecuted in the last two weeks of circuit court action.

Two men are awaiting sentencing in Pulaski County after being found guilty on charges related to child sexual abuse.

According to a press release from Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman, Jeffrey Waters, 35, and Roy Collins, 53, were successfully prosecuted in the last two weeks of circuit court action.

“I am very pleased that these two predators are off the street and heading to prison,” said Hillman. “I also want to thank the victims for their courage in reporting these incidents and the victims and their families for their support and cooperation throughout the criminal justice process.”

After a four-day trial, a Pulaski County jury found Waters guilty of one count of first degree statutory sodomy and one count of first degree attempted statutory sodomy. The Waynesville man faces a sentence of no less than five years in prison and the possibility of life imprisonment for these offenses. Sentencing is set for June 21, 2017 before Judge Beger. 

This case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ken Clayton and Bryce Crowley.

A resident of Brooksville, Fla. but originally from Laquey, Mo., Collins pled guilty at the pretrial conference to one count of first degree statutory rape and one count of incest. Collins faces no less than 10 years in prison and up to 25 years under the plea agreement in this case. Sentencing is set for June 21, 2017 before Judge Beger.  

This case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the Brooksville, Fla. Police Department and prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Matt Miller.

Hillman commended the hard work of detectives Nicole Cunningham, Anthony Narug, Christian Butler and Deputy Lynn Bays of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and detectives Jeff Pasternak and Tracy Schofield of the Brooksville, Fla. Police Department on these cases. He also thanked the staff at Kids’ Harbor for excellent work on these cases and in assistance provided to the victims. The Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s staff, notably Assistant Prosecutors Ken Clayton and Bryce Crowley, should also be commended for their hard work at trial in obtaining a guilty verdict on a difficult case, according to Hillman. 

“Finally, I want to thank the jurors, who took four days including a Saturday, out of their busy lives to see that justice was served,” said Hillman.