- Rippee: 9 more charges

Terry Rippee soon after his arrest in June.

Terry Lynn Rippee faces more charges.

Nine of them.

All for alleged sexual crimes against children.

This time, the victims are new.

Last Friday, the Webster County Sheriff’s Department issued a news release regarding Rippee, a 59-year-old Seymour man who was arrested earlier this summer after being charged with 28 felonies, with all charges accusing Rippee of sexual crimes against a juvenile female.

“On June 23, 2021, the Webster County Sheriff’s Office starting investigating allegations of a juvenile victim being sexually assaulted,” the news release said. “Within three days, 28 charges had been filed, and an arrest warrant with a $1,000,000 bond was issued for Terry Rippee.”

The release from the sheriff’s department then continued, “Over the next month, the investigation continued with more victims coming forward, alleging Terry Rippee assaulted them, as well. On Sept. 3, 2021 (which was last Friday), Mr. Rippee, while still in jail, has been issued another warrant for nine more charges at $1,000,000 for the alleged crimes against the juveniles that came forward since the original report.”

Sheriff’s department officials noted that prior to this summer’s investigation, Terry Rippee was on the sex-offender registry for the county and state.

On June 25, Rippee was charged with 28 counts of statutory rape of a child under the age of 14, all in the first degree, by Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Ben Berkstresser for a series of alleged sexual crimes against his stepdaughter, who was between the ages of 12 and 14 when allegedly victimized on multiple occasions by Rippee.

Interviewed by Deputy Shane Forrest, an investigator for the sheriff’s department, the female victim, now almost 18 years old, told Forrest that Rippee sexually assaulted her “once a day to once every couple of days” from the time she was 12-1/2 years old until she was 13-1/2 or 14 years old.

Probable-cause statements on Rippee’s newest allegations were not available from the prosecutor’s office prior to the Citizen’s deadline for this week’s newspaper.

More than 15 years ago, Rippee plead guilty to statutory sodomy in the second degree and child endangerment in the first degree. In that 2006 case, he originally faced charges for first-degree child molestation; however, a plea agreement with former Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Danette Padgett led to the reduced charges.

In his report from June, Forrest said he believed Rippee was a risk to the general public.

“Terry Rippee by his own admission to the victim (in the June charges) told her he likes kids who are at the prepubescent age as they are starting to develop into maturity with their bodies,” Forrest wrote in his report.

“Terry Rippee has been charged in two different cases involving several victims. Terry Rippee is a serious repeat offender who is already charged with crimes that require him to be on the Missouri Sex Offender Registry.”

Maximum sentence for each count of Rippee’s alleged 37 total crimes, if convicted, is a term of life in prison.

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