A Seymour man known by many for his volunteer efforts at the Seymour Elementary School, among other community causes, now faces a quartet of felony charges for allegedly victimizing a young family member from December 2013 through December 2018.
Bobby Joe Kastning, 65, faces three counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree and one count of child molestation in the third degree, all felony charges, according to charges filed late last week by Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Ben Berkstresser.
According to a probable-cause statement from Rick A. Hamilton, a longtime detective for the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, he was contacted last Tuesday, June 18, by Christian County Children’s Services, where that department had received a report on Friday, June 14, regarding allegations of a child being touched by a relative.
“According to (a worker at the service), a 10-year-old child had disclosed she was sexually assaulted by Bobby Kastning,” Hamilton wrote in his report. The report added that the female child would be interviewed later that day at the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield.
Hamilton and Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole were present for the child’s interview.
Hamilton’s report said the child referred to Kastning as “Uncle Bob,” where it was revealed the first time alleged inappropriate contact occurred was in December 2013, with the most-recent occasion this past December.
“(The child) said the first time something happened was when she was 5 or 6 years old,” his report noted.
It concluded, “According to (the child), all the incidents of Uncle Bob touching her happened at his house in Seymour.”
Hamilton attempted to contact Kastning at his home in rural Seymour, but no one was home.
Kastning was arrested last Friday, and his bond was set at $100,000.
Later that day, Thornton Bail Bonds of Marshfield posted his bond, and Kastning currently is under GPS monitoring through First Track.
He is restricted from contact with the alleged victim and her immediate family.
His arraignment was held early Tuesday before Associate Judge Chuck Replogle.