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Madison man faces felony abuse charges

Robert L. Sims, Jr.
By Forrest Gossett
Salt River Journal Editor
Posted: Oct. 4, 2019 5:56 am Updated: Oct. 4, 2019 6:05 am

A Madison man was charged this week with six felonies related to allegations of kidnapping and sex crimes against a child.

Robert L. Sims, Jr.,  53, who was already in jail on $60,000 cash-only bond for five drug and illegal weapons felony charges resulting from a Sept. 9 raid on his home, was charged Monday evening by Monroe County Prosecutor Talley Kendrick with counts that included three counts of statutory sodomy, kidnapping, sexual exploitation of a minor and forcible sodomy/deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department said the alleged crimes took place over a five-year period against a girl who was 13 years old in 2005, when the alleged abuse first took place.

In a probable cause statement filed with Monroe County District Court, a Monroe County Sheriff's deputy said that an investigation of the alleged abuse started on Sept. 16, about a week after Sims and a companion were charged in the drug raid.

“(The victim) advised she endured approximately five years of sexual and physical abuse by Robert Lee Sims Jr. beginning during the summer of 2005, ending in May of 2019,” the deputy wrote in the statement. “During the summer of 2005, (the victim) was 13 years of age and the abuse continued until she was around 18 years of age.”

The alleged victim said she was sexually and physically abused by Sims, and that he forced her to take a variety of drugs, including Percocet, Xanax and Demerol to make her sleepy prior to being abused by Sims. She also alleged that Sims video recorded the abuse.

Sims, said the victim, point a gun to her head when she was 16 years old, before raping her in his bedroom.

The deputy said an interview was conducted with a potential witness who reported that while Sims was staying in his basement, he overheard him “bragging to a friend” about sexual encounters with a young girl.

“He spoke to the friend who …watched a video of the sexual encounter with Sims,” the man reportedly told the deputy during his interview. “He confronted Sims about the video and Sims admitted to having a sexual encounter with (the victim) and Sims told him it was OK because he had a signed contract and consented to sexual activity.”

On Sept. 9, Monroe County deputies, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the East Central Drug Task Force raided a home where Sims was living at 21206 N. Highway 151 in Madison, executing a Monroe County Circuit Court search warrant.

“As a result of the search warrant, officers seized methamphetamine, oxycodone pills, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and firearms,” Hoffman said.

According to a police report, officers seized several plastic bags containing a white crystal substance residue and marijuana, medication bottles containing marijuana, four glass smoking devices with white crystal residue, one digital scale containing a white residue and marijuana residue, one cut red straw with white crystal residue, one pack of rolling papers, and six firearms.

  “Through my training and experience, I recognize the glass pipes, rolling papers, digital scale, and small plastic baggies as items commonly used in the preparation and ingestions of narcotics for sale,” wrote the arresting officer in a Probable Cause Statement. “Also, through my training and experience, I recognize the manner of packaging of the four separate plastic baggies of white crystal substance are consistent with that of narcotics for sale.'

The report alleges that the white crystal substance field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, weighing about 12 grams, while the seized marijuana weighed 30 grams.  The investigator said that a prescription medication bottle with a companion's name for the medication Citalopram 20mg was discovered in the search, which allegedly contained several white oxycodone hydrochloride tablets. Also, the report said that $3,500 in cash was spotted in the home, though it was not seized.

When arrested last month, an investigator alleged that Sims posed a danger to neighbors.

“I have received numerous complaints from local law enforcement and citizens who wish to remain anonymous in reference to the illegal narcotics activity at the residence of 21206 North Highway 151, Madison, Missouri,” the officer wrote. “In addition, I have conducted numerous interviews with citizens who wish to remain anonymous, due to fear of Sims, in regards to Sims' violent and aggressive behavior towards others.”

Sims is scheduled for an appearance in Monroe County District Court on Tuesday at 9 a.m. on the abuse charges and 1:30 p.m. for the drug case.