Shell Knob man arrested for alleged child molestation

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Man accused of abusing 14-year-old girl for 6 years

A Shell Knob man was arrested Friday and charged with allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl multiple times over a six-year period.


Richard Bastura, 63, of Shell Knob, is charged with first-degree child molestation, first-degree statutory sodomy and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, said Bastura is a former school bus driver who helped deliver mail. He was arrested during a traffic stop while he was delivering mail.

"We are concerned about other kids," Epperly said.

According to Shelly Fransen, superintendent of Shell Knob Elementary School, Bastura was a substitute bus driver for the district.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Barry County Deputy Terry Meek, the crimes allegedly took place at a residence in Shell Knob between Jan. 1, 2009 and Nov. 22 2015, beginning while the victim was 8 years old. According to the victim's statement, Bastura allegedly touched her in private areas and asked her to touch him in an inappropriate manner.

Bastura is being held at the Barry County jail on a $30,000, cash-only bond. A disposition hearing is scheduled for Dec. 29 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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