SOUTHWORTH

A Houston man faces felony sodomy charges for allegedly inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl.

Jonathan David Shane Southworth, 29, of 123 Remington Circle, was arrested last Thursday and charged with second-degree statutory sodomy. He was released from the Texas County Jail after posting $500,000 bond but was arrested again Friday on drug charges and held without bond.

According to a probable cause statement from the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team (STAT), which investigates crimes against children, the alleged sexual assault occurred June 17 inside South worth’s Houston home. The victim, who was staying the night with a friend, told authorities she woke to Southworth touching her inappropriately while she was lying alone in bed. The probable cause statement included other details.

The victim told investigators she was scared and pushed Southworth away, according to court documents. He allegedly told the girl, “You never let me do anything,’ and said he would go to jail if she told anyone about the incident.

The victim’s friend had left the home for a school-related function when the alleged assault occurred, the probable cause statement said.

The same girl told authorities Southworth had placed his hand under a blanket and touched her thigh on March 5 as she and others watched a movie in a RV located on Southworth’s property. She said she pushed Southworth away, and he left her alone. She was 13 at the time.

Southworth denied the allegations and invoked his right to legal counsel while being interviewed last Thursday afternoon by a STAT investigator at the Texas County Justice Center.

Southworth was placed under arrest and transported to the jail for a 24-hour hold pending warrant application. He was later charged and held before bonding out.

On Friday, investigator Matthew Lindemeyer of STAT — with assistance from the Division of Drug and Crime Control of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Texas County Sheriff’s Department and Houston Police Department — executed a search warrant at Southworth’s Houston home related to the allegations. During the search, authorities said they discovered one vial of trenabolone acetate and two vials of boldenone undercylerode — both anabolic steroids and illegal to possess — as well as 104 unused hypodermic needles with syringes.

Southworth, who later admitted to authorities the substances were his, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested at 6:45 p.m. Friday without incident and taken to the Texas County Jail, where he was held without bond.

The STAT investigation began Aug. 10 after receiving a request for assistance from the Houston Police Department. The victim was interviewed the following day at the Children’s Advocacy Center in West Plains.

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