A 60-year-old Seymour man faces six felony charges, four for first-degree felony sodomy for having deviate sexual intercourse with a child less than 14 years old and two for first-degree child molestation, all in connection with alleged crimes where his two young victims were his nieces.
Facing six felony counts is Brian Maurice Woods, who lives on Skyline Road, about four miles north of Seymour.
Woods was charged with the crimes earlier this spring, Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Ben Berkstresser said Monday.
He’s currently free after posting bond.
The crimes first came to the attention of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department on March 9 after a report in reference to the alleged child sexual assault came from the Springfield Police Department.
In that report from Springfield, an officer said he was dispatched to assist the Greene County Children’s Division with an investigation.
Officials from the children’s office said they had received a hotline report in reference to a young girl, then 15 years old, who had disclosed that she had been touched in a sexual way by her uncle, who was Woods. The report added that the girl’s sister, then 12 years old, may also had been sexually abused by Woods.
On April 6, Deputy Shane Forrest from Webster County went to Woods’ home on Skyline Road and made contact with him and his wife.
“I informed Brian he was being detained, due to an investigation,” Forrest wrote in his probable-cause statement.
Woods was taken to the sheriff’s office in Marshfield, where he was interviewed.
Forrest’s report continued, “When I brought up the two girls’ names, Brian immediately dropped his head and started to tear up. Brian was informed I wanted the truth, and Brian said he had fondled the two girls.”
In the interview, Forrest pressed Woods for details.
“Brian was reluctant to say and was asked if he meant he touched their vagina, and he said yes. Brian was asked about touching the girls anywhere else, and when asked about the breasts, he said he touched (the older girl’s breasts) over the bra once,” Forrest’s report said. “Brian said he fondled (the vagina of the younger girl) the most, approximately three or four times. Brian said he fondled (the vagina of the older girl) once and touched her breasts over the bra once.”
Forrest asked Woods when the sexual acts occurred.
“He said after his wife had died, but prior to being married to his current wife,” Woods told Forrest, per the report.
“Due to prior questions during the interview, it had been stated he had been married to his current wife for three years. Brian said the girls would come over during the summer to play at the farm and swim for a week or two at a time.”
After the interview, investigators spoke with the two girls’ mother, who said the girls would have been at Woods’ residence from the middle of June to the end of July in 2016.
“This would make (the older girl) 12 years old and (the younger girl) 9 years old,” Forrest wrote.
The next hearing on the case is set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Webster County Courthouse in Marshfield. Presiding over the case is Associate Circuit Judge Chuck Replogle.
Woods is represented in the case by attorney Dee Wampler of Springfield. Also appearing in court on his behalf has been Springfield attorney Joe Passanise.