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Published May 2, 2018

Camdenton resident sentenced to 14 years in sex case

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with Camden County Prosecutor Heather Miller, announced that Dustin R. Thomas, 23, has been sentenced to 14 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

According to court documents, Thomas resided at a residence in Camdenton at the time of his arrest.

Thomas pled guilty to three counts of second degree statutory rape, two counts of second degree statutory sodomy, and two counts of fourth degree child molestation on March 7.

Thomas’ victims were both 15 years-old at the time of the offense, Hawley said. This conviction is part of a broader, ongoing investigation into sex trafficking in Missouri.

A warrant was filed for Thomas on September 11, 2017 and he was charged with the following:
One count of Statutory Rape - 2nd Degree
One count of Statutory Sodomy - 2nd Degree
One count of Child Molestation - 4th Degree - Child Less Than 17 Yoa And Offender Greater Than 4 Years Older

Another probable cause statement and warrant was filed November 30, 2017 with the following charges:
Two counts of Statutory Rape - 2nd Degree
One count of Statutory Sodomy - 2nd Degree
One count of Child Molestation - 4th Degree - Child Less Than 17 Yoa And Offender Greater Than 4 Years Older

“There is no place for sex trafficking in Missouri,” Hawley said. “Those who take advantage of vulnerable citizens will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I am grateful to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office for their work on this case.”

“My Office is thankful to be able to work hand-in-hand with the Attorney General’s Office to bring justice to a multiple victim sex offender who preyed upon the young in our community,” Miller said (as quoted from Hawley’s office).

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Caleb J. Aponte assisting the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney J. Caleb Cunningham.

The case was investigated by the Osage Beach Police Department, Camdenton Police Department, and the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office Human Trafficking Enforcement Unit and Kids’ Harbor Inc.

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