A Hannibal man could face the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of a charge of attempted statutory sodomy in the first degree.

A Hannibal man could face the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of a charge of attempted statutory sodomy in the first degree.

DeForrest “Chase” L. Sims IV, of Hannibal, faces an unclassified felony charge stemming from alleged instances on or between Nov. 9 and Nov. 23, involving alleged attempted sexual abuse with a child less than 14 years of age. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton announced the charge Thursday, Nov. 30, and said the felony carries a range of punishment with terms between five years and life in prison.

According to a probable cause statement from the Hannibal Police Department, Sims was home alone with the juvenile during some evenings when her mother was working. During an interview with Child Center advocates, the girl said that Sims molested her Thursday, Nov. 9. She called her sister, who brought her to their mother's workplace. The mother confronted Sims and told him to leave, then reported what her daughter told her to police officers.

Hannibal Police officers contacted Sims at Turning Point Recovery Center on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Sims is incarcerated in the Marion County Jail. A hearing has not yet been scheduled for the case, according to online court records.

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