Exeter man charged with sodomy

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hotline call leads to arrest of 42-year-old

An Exeter man is facing two felony charges relating to sexual contact with a person less than 14 years of age.

Buck Nelson, 42, of Exeter, is charged with first-degree statutory sodomy and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Chris Hutson, Barry County deputy, the incidents occurred between Jan. 1, 2014, and Oct. 1, 2015. The victim in the case is 13 years of age.

Hutson said on Saturday, the children's division received a hotline report of possible contact between Nelson and the victim, spurring an investigation and leading to an interview of the victim at the Children's Advocacy Center in Monett.

On Sunday, contact was made with the victim's mother, who said Nelson admitted to her that he had committed sexual acts with the child, but it all stopped five months ago, when he found religion.

Nelson is being held in the Barry County jail on a $50,000, cash-only bond. A disposition hearing is scheduled for April 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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