Cassville sodomy suspect, fugitive arrested

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

38-year-old evaded capture for about 4 months

A Cassville man who has been accused of performing sexual acts with a 10-year-old girl is behind bars in the Barry County Jail after being on the run for about four months.

A resident's tip led to the arrest of Tory Fleeman, 38, at the Butterfield Stage Shop Thursday evening, said Mick Epperly, Barry County Sheriff. Deputy Mike Moore and Barry County Conservation Agent Daniel Shores made the arrest.

Fleeman was initially spotted earlier in Pierce City. The person who gave the tip recognized Fleeman from his photo on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

"Part of the time, he was out of the state in different locations," Epperly said. "It wasn't like he was right here all the time. I'm glad to have him behind bars."

Fleeman is wanted on another child sex case in Texas, according to a Feb. 26 post on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page. There were reports Fleeman was hiding in Berryville, Ark., and Galena, Kan., before he was arrested.

On Nov. 6, the Barry County Prosecuting Attorney's Office filed two felony charges against Fleeman: first-degree sodomy of a child under 12 and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child under 17.

On Oct. 31, Fleeman allegedly performed lewd acts with the girl using his hands, according to a probable cause statement from Deputy Terry Meek. The incident took place in Golden.

On Oct. 30, the Prosecuting Attorney's Office also filed five misdemeanor charges against Fleeman that pertained to a motor vehicle accident: second-degree endangering the welfare of children under 17, driving while intoxicated, second-degree property damage, careless and imprudent driving and driving without a valid license.

On Oct. 5, Fleeman, who had two passengers ages 9 and 10, was passing vehicles at a high rate of speed in a 1994 white Chrysler; the vehicle then left the roadway, causing damage to Robert Standlee's fence near 24312 Highway RA in Golden between 7 and 7:30 p.m., according to a probable cause statement from Deputy Chris Hutson. Fleeman was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, meth and marijuana.

"Tory failed all standardized field sobriety tests I administered," Hutson wrote in the statement. "Tory was transported to Mercy Cassville due to the injuries sustained during the crash."

Fleeman remains in the Barry County Jail with no bond.

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