A Linn Creek man is facing five charges related to alleged sex crimes with two juvenile females dating back to 2013 to 2015.
Michael James Harris, 26, has been charged in Camden County with first degree statutory rape for sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old, an Unclassified felony; first degree statutory sodomy - deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14, an Unclassified felony; sexual misconduct involving a child under age 15 - first offense, a Class D felony; fourth degree child molestation, Class E felony; and second degree child molestation, Class A misdemeanor. The crimes allegedly occurred in Camdenton and Macks Creek.
On April 9, 2018, a juvenile female made allegations to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office regarding sexual molestation by Harris approximately three years prior, and a second juvenile female was identified as a victim during the initial investigation by the sheriff’s office.
Child forensic interviews were conducted following the preliminary investigation, and an investigator with the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team completed the probable cause statement against Harris on August 27, 2018 with charges filed by the Camden County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on September 11, 2018.
Harris is a father of two and was a foster care provider.
According to the court document, one of the victims had previously been a victim of molestation and alleged the abuse started after she talked to Harris about it.
Harris denied the allegations, although he did admit to talking about masturbation with one of the victims as an alternative to physical contact with boys. He also allegedly said he did give her an item to use and he was in the room but sleeping during an incident.
The girls and Harris both talked about him buying them things, one a cell phone and the other clothes. According to Harris, the cell phone was for work the one girl did like weed eating. He admitted to buying the other girl clothes but denied buying her Oscar the Grouch underwear and making her wear it for him.
Harris denied all sexual contact, consensual or forced, with the second alleged victim.
He claimed one or both girls were making up the allegations because they were angry with him for not taking care of them any longer or not being there for her like he had been in the past.
No hearings have been scheduled in the case. A warrant has been prepared but Missouri Case.net does not indicate it has been issued or served.