Fam­ily sex case will be dis­missed

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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.

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