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Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Special prosecutor requested

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Child molestation case is forwarded to state AG office

CHARLESTON - A case involving a man charged in Mississippi County with child molestation and statutory sodomy was forwarded to the Missouri State Attorney General's Office for prosecution.

According to Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer B. Raffety, after filing initial charges against Alan Dale Duenne of Mississippi County, she filed a motion to withdraw as prosecutor and for appointment of a special prosecutor.

The motion states that Raffety "has personal knowledge of and relationships with parties and witnesses to this case." In the motion, Raffety further stated that a conflict of interest exists and she requested the court appoint a special prosecutor from the Missouri State Attorney General's Office to continue with the prosecution.

Earlier in the month, Raffety requested investigative assistance from the State Technical Assistance Team, a division of the Missouri Department of Social Services which is frequently called upon by prosecutors for specialized assistance in cases involving child victims. The investigation continues to be primarily conducted by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department.

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 15 and will be handled by an as yet unknown assistant attorney general.