The new charges stem from allegations of multiple years of sexual abuse by Dennis Lee Purdy, 71, of Camdenton, to an unidentified minor female victim.

New sexual molestation charges against a former Camdenton fast-food restaurant owner are not related to previous charges in which the man is awaiting trial. 

The new charges stem from allegations of multiple years of sexual abuse by Dennis Lee Purdy, 71, of Camdenton, to an unidentified minor female victim. 

According to the probable cause statement obtained by the Lake Sun at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017, the victim told police of several incidents that occurred from the time she was a young child, as early as around eight-years-old, until around March 2016. 

Several of the allegations come during the time Purdy has been out on bond, awaiting criminal trial proceedings from charges filed in 2013 for alleged sexual misconduct against former minor employees of the fast-food business. 

According to interviews with the Camden County Sheriff's Office and Kid's Harbor in Osage Beach, the victim detailed some of the encounters in a journal which was provided to detectives. Interviews were conducted on June 13 and June 14, 2017. 

The victim alleges Purdy sexually molested her on multiple occasions through physical force and the use of sex toys, according to the probable cause statement. 

One incident "was about six to seven months after the defendant was arrested for another incident, which would have been on or about June 13, 2017." Most of the incidents are alleged to have occurred during camping trips and at Purdy's Camdenton residence. 

The encounters appeared to escalate from inappropriate touching to full on sexual assault of a minor, according to the court document. Several times during the interview the victim "became emotional and began to cry" when recalling the alleged assaults. 

On June 14, 2017 at approximately 9:32 p.m. a search warrant for Purdy's residence was executed and the following items seized: 

-- Medication commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction that Dennis had taken and told the victim would make his penis hard. 

-- Sex toys "dildos" one matching the description given by the victim that was used on her. 

-- Multiple lotions that could have been used to lubricate the skin and/or genitalia as described by the victim. 

-- Photographs of the interior of the house, inside and outside of the camping trailer and wave runner were taken. Photos of the items and locations where they were. 

ORIGINAL REPORTING: 

A former Camdenton fast-food restaurant owner has been arrested and charged with 10 felonies related to sodomy and child molestation, according to a press release from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.

The charges are new, according to an additional press release sent out by the office Friday morning, which added that no other information would be released at this time. 

At approximately 8:15 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017, the Lake Sun attempted to request a copy of the probable cause statement from the Camden County Circuit Clerk, but a staff member said the office had not received the case file yet.

Dennis Lee Purdy, 71, was arrested on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 and placed under a 24-hour hold at the Camden County Detention Center. On Thursday, June 15, 2017, Purdy was charged with the following counts:

Count I Class B Felony of child molestation

Count II Class C Felony of statutory sodomy 2nd degree

Count III Class C Felony of statutory sodomy 2nd degree

Count IV Class C Felony of statutory sodomy 2nd degree

Count V Class C Felony of statutory sodomy 2nd degree

Count VI Class C Felony of statutory sodomy 2nd degree 

Count VII Class C Felony of statutory sodomy 2nd degree

Count VIII Class C Felony of statutory sodomy 2nd degree 

Count IX Class C Felony of statutory sodomy 2nd degree

Count X Class U Felony of statutory sodomy or attempted sodomy 1st degree* 

There is no bond, according to the press release.

*At approximately 7:50 p.m., the Camden County Sheriff’s Office issued a correction to its original press release in regards to the tenth charged count. Count X is in the first degree, not second degree as previously stated. 

Purdy is awaiting trial in Laclede County on a change of venue from Camden County for 2013 charges stemming from alleged sexual misconduct against former employees of the fast-food restaurant during their time of employment.

Purdy is charged with forcible sodomy, statutory sodomy, and sexual abuse and that trial has been scheduled for the week of August 8, 2017.

It’s unknown at this time how, if at all, the new charges will affect the current criminal court proceedings already scheduled.

The Lake Sun attempted to request the probable cause statement from the arrest on June 14, 2017 from the Camden County Circuit Clerk’s Office on Thursday afternoon, but the charging documents had not been filed yet at that time.