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  • Calvino trial set for Sept.

  • The trial of a Camdenton man who has spent years in law enforcement will get underway in September in a Morgan County courtroom.


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  • The trial of a Camdenton man who has spent years in law enforcement will get underway in September in a Morgan County courtroom.
    The trial date for Richard Calvino, 59, is scheduled for Sept. 17  through Sept. 20 before Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Hayden.
    Calvino faces felony charges of first degree sexual abuse, sodomy, first degree deviate sexual assault, first degree sexual assault with a victim age 14 or 15, and second degree deviate sexual assault with a victim age 16.
    Calvino was arrested and charged in Camden County in 2011. The case was moved to Morgan County on a change of venue at the request of Calvino's defense attorney, Shane Farrow. 
    Calvino, an officer with the Osage Beach Police Department, is accused of having sexual contact with an underage girl between 1984 and 1990. The child was between the ages of 11 and 17 when the alleged incidents took place. 
    In late January 2010, a psychological therapist from Pinellas Park, Fla., contacted the Camden County Sheriff's Office to report allegations of sexual contact between Calvino and the victim. Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin handed over the investigation to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
    The therapist reported a  clients had undergone hypnosis that caused suppressed memories  to surface.
    In 2010, the alleged victim had conversations with Calvino by phone, email and in person that investigators recorded and preserved for evidence. A Highway Patrol investigator interviewed Calvino in Jefferson City at the Missouri Highway Patrol Troop F headquarters on Dec. 9, 2010. Calvino denied having any sexual relations with the girl. According to the document, "Calvino also stated he was not the type of person to do such a thing."
    According to a probable cause statement written by Highway Patrol Sgt. C.W. Wirths, the alleged victim stated that she began seeing the Florida therapist in May 2009. Part of her therapy brought up memories of the victim being "molested by Calvino" from the ages of 11-18. The victim "stated she had shut these memories out of her mind because of the guilt but as a result of the therapy (the memories) resurfaced."
    Calvino pleaded not guilty to the charges when he was arraigned. He later waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
    Calvino has continued to work for the Osage Beach Police Department.  
     

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