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Judge refuses to drop rape charges against David Mohler

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | 8:13 p.m. CST

LIBERTY — A Missouri judge has refused to dismiss rape charges against one of the five men accused of molesting young relatives three decades ago at a farm.

Clay County Circuit Judge Larry Harman on Wednesday denied several defense motions to dismiss charges against David Mohler, 54, over delays in getting medical and mental health records from the accusers.

Mohler's lawyer had argued that repeated trial delays were unfair to his client.

Mohler, three of his brothers and their father were charged in November 2009 with sexually abusing at least four young relatives on a farm 30 miles east of Kansas City starting in the early 1980s.

The father, Burrell Mohler Sr., was freed on bail Friday. David, Jared and Roland Mohler also have bonded out, while Burrell Mohler Jr. remains in jail.

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