Family sex case will be dismissed
KANSAS CITY | A Missouri prosecutor said Wednesday that she was dismissing all charges against five men accused of sexually molesting young relatives on a western Missouri farm more than 20 years ago.
“This was a highly unusual series of cases, and the outcome should not deter other victims of crime from reporting those crimes,” Lafayette County prosecutor Kellie Wingate Campbell told the Associated Press after notifying courts in three counties of her action.
Six members of the Mohler family — Burrell Sr.; his sons Burrell Jr., David, Jared and Roland; and his brother, Darrel — were arrested in November 2009 after several young family members told investigators about a series of bizarre sex crimes on a Lafayette County farm about 30 miles east of Kansas City.
Earlier Wednesday, one of the alleged victims told AP that she was worried that Ms. Campbell didn’t want to take the case to court. The woman, who is not being identified, said she and other family members were eager to take the stand and tell what happened to them starting in the early 1980s.
“She has no intention of taking this to court,” the woman said. “Every action has been in that direction.” that Bishop Richard Lennon had failed to follow the Roman Catholic Church’s laws and procedures in the closings three years ago, attorney Peter Borre told the Associated Press.
The 13 churches were among 50 shut down or merged by Bishop Lennon, who said the eight-county diocese could no longer afford to keep them open because of declining numbers of parishioners and a shortage of priests.
Parishioners, many of them secondand third-generation members of the churches, challenged some of the closings and reacted with sit-ins and other protests and the creation of a breakaway congregation. has acquitted casino owner Milton Mcgregor and five other defendants on all counts.
The jury returned its verdict Wednesday in Montgomery after seven days of deliberations.
Mr. Mcgregor was accused of offering large campaign contributions to legislators for their votes for gambling legislation. State Sen. Harri Anne Smith and former Sens. Larry Means and Jim Preuitt were accused of agreeing to accept bribes in return for their votes. and was paroled in 1987. In 1990, he got life in prison for killing Juanita “Becky” Lovato and 20 years for the death of Diane Montoya Mancera.
Authorities say that by using DNA from one of those cases, crime analysts linked Groves to the slayings of three other women who were strangled in 1979. A detective says strong circumstantial evidence also ties him to a 1988 slaying.