Man charged with sex crimes

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Barry County 70-year-old facing 4 felonies

A Barry County man is facing four felony charges for alleged sex crimes involving children under the age of 12.

Berlan Crouch, 70, of rural Monett, is charged with two counts of first-degree sodomy (victim less than 12 years old) and two counts of incest.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Abby Parsons, with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged crimes took place between April 28, 2018, and Sept. 3, 2020, at a home southwest of Monett.

Parsons said Crouch had intercourse with two victims on numerous occasions. During interviews with the victims, Crouch was accused of inappropriate touching and explicit sexual acts, sometimes in exchange for phone time, gum or sports drinks.

Crouch does not have a criminal history. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and the bond had been set at $100,000, cash only.

Attorney Michael Riehn, representing Crouch, has made a motion for a bond reduction.

Ex parte orders have been granted on behalf of the victims, aimed at preventing Crouch from having any further contact with them.

The original probable cause statement also requested charges of one count of first-degree rape, two counts of abuse or neglect of a child and one count of enticement or attempted enticement of a child.

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