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  • More charges filed against Stover pastor accused of multiple sex crimes

  • The pastor at a church in Stover already facing multiple sex crime charges has had two more added to the list of allegations against him.
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  • The pastor at a church in Stover already facing multiple sex crime charges has had two more added to the list of allegations against him.
    In Moniteau County Circuit Court on June 10, the Missouri State Highway Patrol filed two charges of second degree statutory sodomy against Travis Ray Smith, 43, of California, Mo. The alleged incidents date back to January 1999 and December 2000.
    Smith was arrested by the Highway Patrol on Sept. 28, 2012 for alleged sex crimes also dating back 14 and 15 years ago.
    Charges of forcible rape, second degree statutory rape and sexual abuse were filed in Moniteau County Circuit Court over an alleged incident in March 1998. A second degree statutory rape charge was filed over an alleged incident in February 1999. Charges of second degree statutory rape and second degree statutory sodomy were filed for an alleged incident in January 2005.
    The allegations charged in September involve two different victims.
    Smith was out on bond following these charges after posting a $70,000 bond. Bond was set at $30,000 in the latest charges.
    A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 17 on the charges filed in September.
    The September 2012 charges were filed just a year after Smith was acquitted of child molestation by a Miller County jury.
    He had been accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl during an outing in May 2010. He was arrested by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department on Sept. 27, 2010. While the case was filed in Morgan County, it later moved on a change of venue. The jury deliberated for less than two hours before acquitting Smith.
    Smith is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Stover. During Smith's trial on the child molestation charge, the congregation at First Baptist Church of Stover stood behind the pastor.

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