A Hannibal man facing a felony charge of attempted statutory sodomy will appear for a jury trial in November.

A Hannibal man facing a felony charge of attempted statutory sodomy will appear for a jury trial in November.

DeForrest “Chase” L. Sims IV, of Hannibal, appeared before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd in the Marion County Tenth Circuit Court on Monday, May 21. Defense attorney Wayne Schoeneberg represented the defendant, and Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represented the state. Shepherd set a jury trial to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. If convicted of the unclassified felony, Sims could face a sentence of between five years and life in prison.

The defendant's charge stems 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.

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 remains incarcerated in the Marion County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com