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More charges filed against father, sons in child sex case

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | 11:35 a.m. CST; updated 3:22 p.m. CST, Tuesday, November 17, 2009

LEXINGTON — Prosecutors in Missouri have filed 15 additional sex charges against a father and his adult sons who were already accused of sexually abusing children.

The new charges stem from 1984 to 1989 and accuse Burrell E. Mohler Sr., 77, of Independence of rape, sodomy and use of a child in a sexual performance. His four sons, Jared Leroy Mohler, 48, of Columbia; Roland Neil Mohler, 47, of Bates City; David A. Mohler, 52, of Lamoni, Iowa;  and Burrell Edward Mohler Jr., 53, of Independence were charged with rape.

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The original complaint, which has allegations that date from 1988 to 1995, includes charges of forcible sodomy, rape with a child younger than 12 and use of a child in a sexual performance.

All five men were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on the original charges and are being held in the Lafayette County Jail. It was not clear if any of the men had lawyers; no attorneys were listed on any of the court documents.

No additional charges were filed against the sixth person accused in the case, Darrel W. Mohler, 72. He is being held in Marion County, Fla., on two counts of rape stemming from 1986. It also was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney, but he has said he had no idea about the allegations against him and that he has lived at his home in Silver Springs, Fla., since 1984.

The Associated Press is not identifying the children in the case.

The new charges, which were filed Monday, stemmed from accounts of a 29-year-old woman, who told investigators she and three other children were bound at the wrists and blindfolded while three men raped them.

Authorities last week searched a rural property outside Bates City, about 30 miles east of Kansas City, where members of the Mohler family once lived. Lafayette County Sheriff Kerrick Alumbaugh said then he believed they may find a body or bodies and buried glass jars with notes written by children who may have documented sexual abuse.

 


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