Sexual assaults continue in Lincoln County

Jeremy Hobbs

Jeremy Hobbs

The frequency in the number of recent sexual assault cases in Lincoln County continued last week when two men were charged with one count each of child molestation in the first degree in separate incidents.

Charged were Jeremy Ray Hobbs, 33, whose last known address was in High Ridge and Thomas Ackermann, 33, of Winfield. Both men’s bonds were set at $50,000 (cash only).

According to court documents, the Troy Police Department obtained a report regarding the sexual abuse of a five-year-old male, which occurred at a residence in the 800 block of Trojan Circle. The victim said Hobbs told him to keep it (abuse) a secret and Hobbs would give him drinks to keep the secret.

Investigators interviewed Hobbs on July 9 and allegedly he admitted to a one-time incident.

According to court documents filed on Ackermann, a deputy responded to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in troy on March 20, 2013, and spoke to a 13-year-old victim in reference to a sex offense. The victim told the deputy of the incident which occurred at Ackerman’s residence.

On April 2 during a forensic interview, the victim allegedly reported other offenses. Ackermann was interviewed on April 10 where he denied having any purposeful contact with the girl.

On Friday, July 12, Ackerman turned himself into the Lincoln County authorities, where he was charged with two-counts of First Degree Child Molestation and is currently being housed at the Lincoln County Jail.

In other news, Matthew M. Hansen, 39, of Winfield, pled guilty to charges of attempting to entice minor boys to engage in sexually explicit conduct for him to videotape between 2007 and 2012.

Hansen pled guilty to eight felony counts of attempted production of child pornography before United States District Judge Jean C. Hamilton, in St. Louis. Sentencing has been set for October 4, 2013.

Each of the eight counts being held against him carries a penalty range of 15 to 30 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing

Thomas Ackermann

Thomas Ackermann

ranges.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and St. Charles County Cyber Crime Unit investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Rob Livergood is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Those charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8:40 am