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Teen will face charges as adult

Thursday, May 25, 2006

ALTON -- An Alton teenager faces sodomy and theft charges as an adult in Oregon County and Howell County.

Danny R. Wilcox, 16, of Alton has been charged with felony stealing in Oregon County and statutory sodomy in Howell County.

The adult certification came May 5 before Oregon County Associate Circuit Judge Jo Beth Prewitt.

Missouri statute 211.071 says "If a petition alleges that a child between the ages of 12 and 17 has committed an offense which would be considered a felony if committed by an adult, the court may upon its own motion or upon motion by the juvenile officer, the child or the child's custodian, order a hearing and may, in its discretion, dismiss the petition and the child may be transferred to the court of general jurisdiction and be prosecuted under the general law."

The theft charge in Oregon County stems from an incident Dec. 1, 2005, when the Little Shopper at Thomasville was burglarized and items from the store were stolen. Oregon County Chief Deputy Eric King said items stolen from the Little Shopper included cigarettes and chewing tobacco valued at more than $500 but less than $2,500. The store is owned by Evelyn Lane.

Judge Prewitt has recused herself from the case and another judge has yet to be named. Wilcox will appear on the theft charge in Oregon County Associate Circuit Court. A court date has yet to be named.

Howell County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Rizwan Ahad filed charges against Wilcox on May 11 in Howell County alleging that on May 4 Wilcox had deviant sexual intercourse with a girl he was babysitting who is less than 12 years old.

The incident is alleged to have happened at the West Plains Trailer Park.

Officers with Troop G of the Highway Patrol arrested Wilcox May 11. He is in the Howell County Jail with a bond set at $75,000.

Wilcox is scheduled to appear in Howell County Associate Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing June 12.

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