A 20-year-old facing several felony charges in three cases involving young girls appeared in court Friday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.
Mason Wolfe, 20, is being charged with two felonies of rape or attempted rape in the first degree, two felonies of sodomy in the first degree, a class D felony of rape in the second degree, a class D felony of sexual misconduct, two class E felonies of age misrepresentation with intent to solicit a minor, five class E felonies of sexual misconduct involving a child, and two class E felonies of harassment in the first degree.
He is also facing felony statutory rape in the first degree in one case and a class E felony of child molestation in the fourth degree in another case.
According to the St. Francois County Prosecutor’s Office, multiple cases were tied together in order to lump all of the charges together into one case.
All of the victims were subpoenaed to give live testimony during the hearing before the honorable Judge Joe Goff Jr., the defendant and their families.
St. Francois County Assistant Prosecutor Pat King said after speaking with all of the victims prior to the hearing, he determined he needed more time to prepare for the hearing.
“So I told the judge and the defense attorney that,” King said. “I had not appeared in court prior to this hearing on this case and I needed additional time. I understood there was also an additional investigation going on and I did not have the results of that.”
King said he believes the additional investigation will be completed by the next hearing date on Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. He stressed there were a lot of people at the courthouse who were subpoenaed and he spoke with each of them individually before he went into the courtroom.
According to the probable cause statements, on Feb. 4 a girl less than 15 years old was interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center and she said she posted a picture of herself in a dress. She said Wolfe posted a comment telling her she was gorgeous.
The girl reported that at first she thought Wolfe was a 9th grader at Farmington High School. She said he asked if she wanted to send nude photos and if she wanted to see a picture of his privates. The girl said he sent the picture to her and continued asking if they could talk and for her to send pictures.
On Feb. 7, an officer interviewed Wolfe about the allegations of rape and sodomy. He admitted to having sexual intercourse with the girl, but stated it was consensual.
On Feb 13, the Farmington Police Department was contacted by a school counselor, who said there was a 20-year-old man soliciting some middle school girls to send nude pictures as well as have sex with him.
The counselor said one girl reported that several students from the Farmington Middle School had been communicating with Wolfe through Snapchat. The counselor advised the student told Wolfe she was 13 years old after he text her “Hey Sexy.” Wolfe responded saying he was only 15 years old and she should not be talking to him.
The girl reported that she started ignoring his messages from that point on and did not respond. She added that Wolfe invited her to his house to have sex, but she refused the offer.
On Feb. 14, another girl less than 15 years old reported that during her 8th grade year she began speaking with Wolfe on Instagram. She said she also added him on Snapchat and talked to him through both apps and he asked her if she wanted to see his genitals. The girl said she did not. He asked her to send nude pictures in response.
Another girl reported to the police that on Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. she was raped by Wolfe at his home on Columbia Street. She reported that he grabbed her arm and threw her on the bed. She said Wolfe held her down, removed her clothes and had sex without her consent. The girl said she kept telling Wolfe no, but he refused to listen to her. She said he also forced her to perform sex acts, and that she was visibly crying and told him to stop.
On Feb. 16 at 11:38 a.m. an officer took a report from a girl who said that sometime in October 2017 Wolfe sent her a friend request on Instagram. She said Wolfe asked her out on dates several times, which she declined.
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The girl said on Feb. 9 he began sending her messages on Instagram and that same day sent an unsolicited picture of his genitals. She said after the picture was sent Wolfe deleted it and that she confronted him through messages on Instagram telling him she didn’t appreciate him sending a picture.
The girl said Wolfe continued to send harassing messages. She was able to provide the officer with printed copies of those messages.
On Feb. 17 at 3:35 p.m. another Farmington Police officer took yet another report of a sex offense. He spoke with a girl less than 14 years old and she reported that two weeks prior Wolfe added her to Snapchat. She said Wolfe tried to convince her to meet with him so she could perform a sex act on him. She also said Wolfe sent her a picture of his genitals and asked if she liked it.
On Feb. 20 a girl reported that Wolfe “friended” her on Snapchat in October 2017 and he asked her to have sex with him. She said Wolfe offered to pay her $20 for the sex.
Also on Feb 20, another girl less than 15 years old reported she “friended” Wolfe on Snapchat, and on Sept. 29, 2017 Wolfe asked her to send nude photos of herself. She added that Wolfe offered to pay her $100 and $300 for sex acts.
On Feb. 22 another girl reported to the Farmington Police Department that Wolfe forced her to have sex with him. She said Wolfe told her he was either 17 or 18 years old and requested to be friends on Snapchat. She said she was invited to Wolfe’s home on West Columbia St. in Farmington on Dec. 10, 2017 to watch a movie.
She said Wolfe began pressuring her into having sex, but she told him she was not interested. He continued to pressure her and she eventually had sex with him in fear of what he would have done to her if she refused. She said she refused to perform the sex act he was wanting but she did have non-consensual intercourse with him.
On Feb. 22 a teenage girl reported to the Farmington Police that Wolfe forced her to have sex. She reported that sometime between August 2016 and October 2016, when she was less than 15 years old, Wolfe sent inappropriate photos of himself.
The girl said she was invited to Wolfe’s home on North Washington St. in Farmington. While there Wolfe began talking about sex and she told him she was not interested, but he continued to pressure her ... and she kept telling him no.
She said Wolfe would kiss her to cover her mouth to keep her quiet. Wolfe removed the girl’s clothing and forced himself on her while holding her down so she was unable to get away. He also forced her to perform sex acts.
Then on Feb. 26 another girl less than 15 years old reported that between March 2017 and April 2017 Wolfe sent her a nude photo of himself through Snapchat. She said he asked her through social media for her to send photos of herself to him. She also said that Wolfe propositioned her to have sex with him and in return he would purchase her a new cellphone.
“We subpoena the victims because they need to testify live. The judge needs to hear what they have to say,” King said. “They will speak under oath and the defense will have an opportunity to cross examine them. If the judge finds there is evidence, then he will turn it over to circuit court for further proceedings.”
King said once they get the case over to the circuit court they will then be able to set a trial date.
Wolfe appeared in court with his attorney, Matthew Radefeld. When King requested the continuance, Radefeld objected to the request, but Goff overruled Radefeld’s objection and granted the continuance.
Radefeld also renewed the motion for a bond reduction, over the prosecution's objection, and the motion was denied by the court. The case was continued to Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing. The state will also issue subpoenas to all the victims once again to appear in court that day. The case will take precedence over all cases previously set for that date.
Wolfe is still being held in the St. Francois County Jail on two bonds, one of $175,000 and an additional bond of $500,000.