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SHOW SUPPORT FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION

March 30, 2016

There exists a threat to the children of our community. According to a 2005 report by the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually molested prior to age eighteen (18).

Law enforcement agencies – including prosecutors’ offices – are in the business of reacting to reports of child physical and sexual abuse. However, most of these child-victims do not report the abuse. Only a small portion of actual child abuse is reported to, and investigated by law enforcement. In total, only about 3 to 5% of child abusers are ever prosecuted and convicted.

So, what if – rather than merely reacting – law enforcement tried working with the rest of the community in an effort to prevent the harm from occurring?

This is the goal of a group of community leaders within the City of Forsyth, who have been meeting the past couple of months. These men and women have joined together to participate in a child protection task force that is still taking shape.

Taking a community-wide approach to child abuse prevention is a huge task, but it is not an impossible task. Hopefully, over the next few years, the City of Forsyth can create a culture of child abuse prevention that can work as a model to take to the other communities of Taney County.

April is Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention month, and April 8, 2016, has been declared “Go Blue Day” by the Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri. While Forsyth’s community task force continues to take shape, please join together in a show of support for child abuse prevention by wearing blue on Friday, April 8th.

We all have a responsibility to help prevent child abuse, and it is only through working together that we will create a safer environment for our children.

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CAMPBELL MURDER TRIAL CONTINUED TO JULY 5TH

March 30, 2016

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Robert Campbell’s continuance request was granted by Jasper County Circuit Court Judge Gayle Crane, resulting in Campbell’s murder trial being moved from April 6th to July 5, 2016.

Robert Lee Campbell, d/o/b 7-09-1944, of Willard, Missouri, is charged with arranging the kidnapping and murder of Russell and Rebecca Porter, of Willard, in April of 2011. The trial will take place in Joplin, due to a change of venue that moved the trial from Taney County.

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FINCH PLEADS GUILTY TO STATUTORY SODOMY

March 17, 2016

ARTHUR R. FINCH, d/o/b 9-01-1939, of Rio Verde, Arizona, entered a guilty plea Thursday, March 17, 2016, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, to the unclassified felony of statutory sodomy in the first degree. Finch admitted to using his hand or fingers to touch the genitals of a child between December of 1996 and December of 2004, at his home near Rockaway Beach, Missouri.

Finch has no agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office regarding what sentence he will receive. Punishment for the unclassified felony of statutory sodomy in the first degree – for engaging in deviate sexual intercourse with a child under the age of twelve (12) years – ranges from ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections up to life. Circuit Court Judge Laura Johnson scheduled sentencing for May 19, 2016.

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CAMPBELL MURDER TRIAL REMAINS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 6TH START

March 3, 2016

On Wednesday, the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office received several telephone calls from people questioning whether the murder trial of Robert Campbell had been cancelled. Apparently, Missouri Court’s automated notification system disseminated false information to people who had signed-up for that notification service. Many people with an interest in the Campbell case have registered to receive automatic updates through the MOVANS program. “Unfortunately, the automated system was wrong about the trial being cancelled,” says Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell. “Trial is still scheduled to begin in Joplin on April 6th.”

Robert Lee Campbell, d/o/b 7-09-1944, of Willard, Missouri, is charged with arranging the kidnapping and murder of Russell and Rebecca Porter, of Willard, in April of 2011. The trial will take place in Joplin, due to a change of venue that moved the trial from Taney County.

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