Exeter man charged with rape

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

20-year-old allegedly threatens victim for silence

An Exeter man is facing two felonies after an incident at a home in Monett where a person was allegedly raped.

Seth Jones, 20, of Exeter, is charged with first-degree rape and second-degree domestic assault.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Jeff Martinson, with the Monett Police Department, Jones legally entered the victimís home on 3rd Street in Monett in the predawn hours of Oct. 16, and the victim woke up to Jones standing over the living room couch where the victim was sleeping.

Jones allegedly held the victim down on the couch and removed the victimís clothing. When the victim fought back, he allegedly punched the victim in the side and placed his hands on the victimís neck and threatened to kill the victim. He then allegedly raped the victim, choking so hard the victim feared passing out.

When finished, Jones allegedly forced the victim to turn over and covered the victimís head while another male allegedly raped the victim. Jones allegedly threatened to kill the victim if anyone was told about the incident.

Jones was arrested on other warrants for failing to appear on multiple city and county cases for possession of a controlled substance and stealing. He was interviewed at the Barry County jail and allegedly refused to answer questions without speaking to a lawyer first.

Jones is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $75,000. He has been arraigned, and a bond appearance hearing was scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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