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Columbia man arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting girl

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 4:05 p.m. CDT; updated 8:45 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 22, 2010

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female. Joseph Edward Dudziak, 51, is charged with first-degree statutory sodomy. 

On Saturday evening, the victim went with her mother to the home of her mother's boyfriend. The victim was asleep on the couch when Dudziak, a friend of the boyfriend, allegedly assaulted her, said Public Information Officer Jessie Haden.

The girl was groped under her clothing by the suspect, Haden said.

The victim and her mother reported the incident to police Sunday morning.

Dudziak's bond is set at $50,000.

According to Missouri Case.net, Dudziak was previously convicted of harassment to frighten or disturb another person, for which he was sentenced to 120 days in prison in 2007, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia in both 2006 and 2008. A restraining order was also filed against him in 2007.


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