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Wells pleads guilty to statutory rape

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A Park Hills woman has pleaded guilty to sex-related crimes in a case going back to 2015.

Casey M. Wells, 40, appeared in the St. Francois County Courthouse on Wednesday where she entered a guilty plea to two counts of second-degree statutory rape. With the guilty plea, Wells admitted to the judge that she had intercourse with a 16-year-old boy on two occasions.

Wells was placed on five years of supervised probation. If she violates her probation, she could be sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

As part of the special conditions of an individual on probation for sex-related crimes, Wells will have to register as a sex offender and complete a sex offender treatment program. In addition, Wells is prohibited from having a social media account, unless given approval by the Probation and Parole, and she’s prohibited from having contact with the victim in the case.

Wells was indicted on the charges by a grand jury on Jan. 6, 2016, after the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department received information from the Ozark Family Resource Center of Doniphan regarding incidents that reportedly happened here.

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According to the probable cause statement from the St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, the victim, now 20 years old but 16 at the time of the incidents, made allegations that Wells engaged in sexual activity with him in Farmington. Authorities said Wells was the boy's counselor. She was 35 years old at the time of the incidents.

When questioned, the teenager gave details of a sexual relationship with Wells and stated there were numerous instances. Investigators obtained a search warrant for the victim’s cell phone, from which authorities were able to recover several photographs giving credibility to the teen's allegations.

According to the statement, when Wells was questioned, she denied any sexual relationship with the boy and denied sending any compromising photographs to him.

Wells was originally charged with one count of second-degree statutory rape and one count of second-degree statutory sodomy.

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