Seligman man charged in sodomy case

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Child reports suspect committed act while babysitting

A Seligman man has been arrested and charged with statutory sodomy of a person less than 14 years of age.

According to a probable cause report filed by Det. Doug Henry, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Kyle Rhea was dispatched to a church in Eagle Rock in reference to a possible sodomy that had taken place at the victim's home. A person at the church said the child was acting strangely and said the suspect, while babysitting, made the child sit next to him with a blanket on their laps and force sex acts.

An interview was done with the child at the Children's Advocacy Center in Monett, where the child stated Holt allegedly committed multiple sex acts after school had let out, showing on anatomy drawings where the abuse had occurred.

Christopher Holt, 25, of Seligman, is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $50,000.He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for Sept. 5 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke. A motion for a bond reduction has also been filed by Holt's attorney, Darwin Groomer.

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