Columbia man charged with child sex crimes

8 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Friday, November 15 2019 Nov 15, 2019 Friday, November 15, 2019 4:05:00 PM CST November 15, 2019 in News
By: Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager

COLUMBIA - Prosecutors charged a man Friday with child sex crimes which court documents said happened in 2018 and 2019.

Cale Kliethermes, 41, faces 5 charges, including one count of child molestation, one count of sexual misconduct involving a child under 15, and three counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutor Jessica Caldera told KOMU the incidents involved two victims over a period of seven years. The alleged assaults started as early as 2012 and as recently as summer of 2019.

According to court documents, Kliethermes allegedly touched each of the victims in a sexual manner, at times in their own bedrooms and on one occasion in Kliethermes' bedroom. One of the victims told investigators "this made her uncomfortable and she felt helpless" and that "she did not want Kliethermes to touch her."

In another incident, a victim was having a video conversation with Kliethermes, during which he exposed himself. The victim said she hadn't wanted to see that and hung up the phone immediately.

One victim told police Kliethermes started assaulting her in 2012, and "continued to touch her in a sexual manner approximately fifteen times over the course of the next four years."

A witness police talked to said she confronted Kliethermes about the assaults after she learned about them. She said he admitted to sexually touching the victim.

The probable cause statement said the victim told police she didn't report the assaults at first because she was worried it would "cause problems," and was "concerned about Kliethermes getting out of jail and trying to harm" her. She added she is "scared of Kliethermes and does not know what he is capable of."

Kliethermes' arraignment was scheduled for Friday afternoon. Kliethermes is at the Boone County jail on no bond. His attorney has filed a motion for bond reduction.

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