Fulton man charged with sexually assaulting 5-year-old girl

Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 5:31 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Callaway County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Fulton man Thursday morning on accusations of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl in Boone County.

Randy W. Woods, 27, was charged with two counts of statutory sodomy in connection with an assault that occurred earlier this month at Green Hills Trailer Court, 7601 Highway VV, north of Columbia.

“The victim and the suspect were known to one another,” said Detective Tom O’Sullivan with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. “He wasn’t a stranger.”

O’Sullivan said Callaway County deputies arrived at Woods’ Fulton residence Thursday morning to arrest him on the sodomy charges.

Shortly after the Callaway County deputies arrested Woods, Audrain County Sheriff’s deputies took Woods to Audrain County jail on charges of failure to pay child support, O’Sullivan said.

Woods is now being held in the Audrain County Jail. His total bail for all charges is $105,000.

O’Sullivan said the investigation began after the victim’s family member contacted the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, which then contacted the sheriff’s department.

“It’s important that the girl told somebody and the person contacted the proper authorities,” O’Sullivan said.

Supervising editor is Katie Moritz

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