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Man charged in statutory rape claims he didn't know family friend was 13
Man charged in statutory rape claims he didn't know family friend was 13

Brandon Kelly Monell

CROCKER, Mo. (Sept. 4, 2012) — A 23-year Crocker man has admitted having sex twice in his apartment with a girl barely half his age and admitted to sheriff’s deputies that “he has known (her) family for a number of years,” but according to court documents, told deputies last month that “he thought she was older and has subsequently learned that she was only 13.”

Brandon Kelly Monell faces five years to life in state prison on the charge of first-degree statutory rape, filed Thursday by prosecutors. In a prepared statement issued Saturday, Sheriff J.B. King said his department became aware of the case on Aug. 17 and he assigned his Special Victims Unit to interview Monell and the girl, who was also interviewed by a child forensic interviewer from the Kids Harbor Too organization.

According to court documents, Monell had consensual sex with the girl on two different occasions in May and July at his apartment. Monell said he was drunk the first time they had sex and “has only a slight memory of the event but is certain that it happened.” The second encounter involved unprotected sex with the girl and Monell admitted that he was sober at the time.

Monell has several other cases pending as well, the most serious of which is a second-degree domestic assault case dating back to 2010. According to court documents, deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a woman screaming for help several times on May 16 of that year, and found Monell at an address outside Crocker on Buffalo Road. Monell claimed he had been “giving his girlfriend a hug” but admitted to arguing about “taking their child in common to the hospital.” After being interviewed by deputies, Monell’s girlfriend eventually said that Monell “grabbed her throat in an effort to prevent her from leaving, causing her to scream for help.” Deputies reported seeing a bruise on the girlfriend’s neck, arrested Monell, and charged him with a Class C felony for which he could spend two to seven years in state prison, a year in the county jail, and pay a fine of up to $5,000. That case has been rescheduled several times and is currently set for a trial next year February.

King said Monell is also being held on a misdemeanor warrant from Camden County. Court records show he pleaded guilty on Aug. 25 of last year to a Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and received a suspended execution of sentence with a $250 fine, but failed to pay his fine and had an arrest warrant issued on Aug. 26 of this year.

Court documents indicate that Monell also failed to appear on Aug. 21 for a Pulaski County case despite posting a $2,000 bond on a Class B misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated by marijuana and methamphetamine on Feb. 16, 2011, in the parking lot of Ameri-Gas in St. Robert. Court records show that Monell admitted smoking a marijuana cigarette and injecting himself with about 10cc of methamphetamine.

The maximum sentence for the driving while intoxicated by drugs case is $500 and up to six months in jail; he failed repeatedly to show up for court dates and his bond was increased as a result.

He also pleaded guilty in 2009 to driving without a valid license.

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