NEW MADRID - A Portageville man, accused of creating obscene material using young children, is to be arraigned today on the charge.
New Madrid County Prosecuting Attorney Lewis Recker charged Edward Bruce Sitzes Sr. with sexual exploitation of a minor Tuesday.
According to court documents, Sitzes created obscene material by photographing a female minor child and a male minor child while the two were kissing and partially clothed. The incident reportedly occurred on Nov. 6.
Sitzes is to appear before Judge Charles Spitler today in New Madrid County Circuit Court, Division II. He is being held in the New Madrid County jail with bond set at $50,000 cash.
Earlier this month Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Amy Phillips filed five counts of first degree statutory rape - sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old - against Oscar Lee Shannon of Lilbourn.
Shannon is accused of having had sexual intercourse with a child less than 12 years at least five different times between Jan. 1, 2003, and Oct. 7, 2005.
Arraigned on the charges Monday, he entered a plea of not guilty. Shannon, who is currently being held in the New Madrid County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond, is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 21.
In Scott County, a Sikeston man charged with sodomy and child molestation is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 16 before Associate Circuit Judge David C. Mann in Benton.
James D. Baker, 59, of Sikeston was charged Aug. 25 on one count first degree felony statutory sodomy -- deviate sexual intercourse with a child less than 14 years old -- and six counts of class B felony of child molestation in the first degree. All alleged acts occurred with a victim less than 14 years of age between Jan. 1, 2001, and Aug. 25, 2005. Baker has been released on bond.