The alleged victim has been diagnosed to have the mental capacity of a six-year-old and is legally incapable of giving consent, according to the court document.
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A Stover man is out on bail after being arrested in June for allegedly raping a mentally-handicapped woman.
Isaac “Ike” Folsom, 49, is charged with first degree rape and first degree sodomy, both unclassified felonies, and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class D felony, after an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Folsom is accused of raping a 29-year-old female with the developmental disorder, Williams Syndrome. She has been diagnosed to have the mental capacity of a six-year-old and is legally incapable of giving consent, according to the probable cause statement filed against Folsom.
The court document states that on April 17 the victim told a child forensic interviewer that she was raped and sodomized by Folsom on at least five separate occasions while at a property in Stover owned by Folsom. These incidents allegedly occurred between April 2016 and October 2016.
During the forensic interviewer, the victim said she told Folsom to stop. She said she had had no other sexual partners other than Folsom. The victim also described the layout of the apartment where the incidents allegedly occurred.
In a post-Miranda interview on April 20, 2017, Folsom denied having any sexual contact with the female, denied that she had ever been inside his residence and denied ever being in her presence with either of them nude.
The MSHP investigator, however, found during a consent search of the apartment that the victim’s description matched the interior of the living quarters.
On May 10, 2017, Folsom underwent another post-Miranda interview with a state investigator in which he “remembered” that the female had been in the apartment. Folsom also admitted that the thought of having sex with the female had crossed his mind, according to the probable cause statement.
He remembered having seen her nude before through a partially-opened bathroom door at his residence when his former girlfriend was helping the victim take a bath. Folsom reportedly told the investigator that he had fantasized about having sex with the victim.
A search of the interior of Folsom’s property on April 20, 2017 uncovered two rifles. Folsom is a prior felony offender, having been convicted of receiving stolen property in Morgan County in 1986.
On Monday, May 5, 2017, investigators learned that the victim had been diagnosed with the sexually transmitted disease Trichomoniasis and that her hymen is broken.
While waiting for testing of Folsom to be done, investigators interviewed Folsom’s former girlfriend who reportedly advised that she had been contacted by Folsom multiple times starting on April 20, 2017. She told police that he repeatedly requested she lie to investigators about always being present with Folsom and the victim inside his residence.
He also reportedly asked her to lie about the number of times she had given the victim a bath, wanting his former girlfriend to say she had assisted the female more times than she actually had. The former girlfriend said she only did it on one or two occasions, according to the probable cause statement.
On May 25, 2017, it was reported that Folsom had tested positive for Trichomoniasis, the same disease as the victim had. A warrant was issued for Folsom’s arrest on June 30, 2017, and he was arrested that same day.
On Aug. 9, Folsom waived formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty. A case review has been scheduled for Sept. 27, 2017 in Morgan County Circuit Court.
Bond was initially set at $250,000 cash only. On Aug. 29, bond was reduced to $75,000 surety. The surety bond was posted through a bondsman on Aug. 30. Bond conditions include GPS monitoring, surrender of passport, no contact with certain parties and a restriction from entering Benton County.
First degree rape is punishable with life imprisonment or a term of years not less than five years. An individual convicted of first degree rape is not eligible for parole until 85 percent of their sentence has been served, and no person convicted of first degree rape may be granted suspended imposition or execution of sentence.
A conviction for first degree sodomy carries the same punishment range and conditions as first degree rape. Unlawful possession of a firearm carries a range of punishment not to exceed seven years, or by imprisonment for a special term not to exceed one year in county jail or by a fine not to exceed $10,000; or imprisonment and fine.
Folsom has been accused of forcible rape and statutory rape in the past, but those charges were dropped in July 2007 after the underage girl who made the accusations against him recanted her statements and denied that he raped her in a written statement to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. In January 2007, she had alleged that Folsom had raped her on Dec. 31, 2005 in a pickup truck in a field off of Highway FF. She would have been 16 years of age at that time.
Folsom was a member of the Morgan County R-I (Stover) Board of Education at the time of the accusation. He is no longer associated with the school.
After the charges were dropped, Folsom sued Morgan County, the former Morgan County sheriff, the investigating detective from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the girl who made the allegations and her stepmother in federal court, filing a complaint in June 2010.
The case against the county and police were dismissed in an order in June 2011 from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri Central Division after the Court had entered a default judgement against the girl. The Court found her liable and entered a default judgement against her in the amount of $500,000 for economic and non-economic damages and $2 million for punitive damages.