JON SOUTHWORTH

A Houston man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl was released on bond Wednesday with a series of conditions.

Jonathan D. Southworth, 29, had been held without bond since Aug. 19 in the Texas County Jail on drug charges that violated his bond release the previous day. Judge Doug Gaston ruled his previously posted bond of $500,000 on charges of second-degree statutory sodomy involving a teen could be applied to his new bond.

Gaston set a series of conditions for Southworth’s release, including no contact with the victim and no use of any social media, including Snapchat, with any person under the age of 18. Other conditions included not possessing a firearm, consenting to searches and chemical testing, urinalysis for the presence of illegal substances up to three times per week, not entering a business or location whose primary purpose is selling alcohol, GPS monitoring and no visitation with any child under 18 without adult supervision.

Southworth was represented by Springfield attorney Dee Wampler.

Southworth was arrested Aug. 18 for allegedly inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl following an investigation by the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team (STAT), which investigates crimes against children. The sexual assault allegedly occurred June 17 inside Southworth’s Houston home.

After posting the $500,000 bond, Southworth was arrested again when authorities executed a search warrant at his home. He was charged with felony possession of controlled substance and misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia after authorities discovered vials of anabolic steroids and 104 unused hypodermic needles with syringes.

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