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  • Accused officer no longer has a job with OBPD

  • A former Osage Beach police officer could be reinstated if he is exonerated of sexual misconduct charges and if he requests by Feb. 18 to be reinstated.
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  • A former Osage Beach police officer could be reinstated if he is exonerated of sexual misconduct charges and if he requests by Feb. 18 to be reinstated.
    The employment of Richard Calvino, 59, with the city of Osage Beach and the OBPD ended Jan. 20. He was notified on July 19, 2013, that unless he could return to his job full time without charges pending against him, Jan. 20, 2014, would be his last day.
    Calvino's first day of employment with the city was July 1, 1981.
    City Administrator Nancy Viselli said a section of city code allows her to reinstate a former employee with a 30-day-or-less break in service to the city if that employee is exonerated of any charges, and if he asks for his or her job back.
    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. The charges stem from allegations that date back between 1984 to 1990.
    In the meantime, his trial has rescheduled again. He was scheduled for trial to begin Jan. 14 before Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Hayden in Morgan County. His trial has now been scheduled to begin Jan. 27. The case has bounced from Camden County to Morgan County and the trial has been rescheduled at least four times.
    Calvino was arrested and charged in Camden County in 2011 and waived a preliminary hearing in Camden County. The case was later moved to Morgan County on a change of venue at the request of Calvino's defense attorney.
    Calvino 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 the investigation over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
    The therapist reported a client had undergone hypnosis that caused suppressed memories to surface.
    Court documents allege that the victim had conversations in 2010 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" between the ages of 11 and 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."
    Page 2 of 2 - Calvino pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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