PB man facing sex charge
A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man made his first court appearance Monday afternoon after being charged earlier in the day with a sex-related felony involving a young girl.
Geren William Klusmeier, 23, of the 1100 block of Apple appeared before Associate Circuit Judge John Bloodworth for arraignment on the unclassified felony of enticement of a child, which had been filed by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour.
Klusmeier waived formal arraignment on the charge and pleaded not guilty, according to entries in Casenet, Missouri's online court reporting system.
Ted Liszewski with the Public Defender's Office entered an appearance on Klusmeier's behalf and made an oral motion for reduction of Klusmeier's bond, which had been set at $100,000 cash or surety bond.
Butler County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ted Thompson agreed, and Bloodworth granted the motion, setting Klusmeier's bond at $50,000 cash or surety.
Bloodworth ordered Klusmeier, who remains in the Butler County jail, to appear at 1 p.m. Jan. 26 for a preliminary hearing on the charge.
The complaint filed with the court alleges on Saturday, Klusmeier, who was 21 years of ago or older, "enticed" the victim, who was less than 14 years of age, by "pulling his pants down" and asking the girl to inappropriately touch him and he "did so for the purpose of engaging in sexual contact" with a person less than 14 years of age.
The charge stems from an investigation by the Poplar Bluff Police Department, which began at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday when Patrolman T.J. Akers was contacted at the station by a Poplar Bluff woman.
The woman, according to Akers' probable-cause affidavit filed with the court, reported she walked in on Klusmeier and the girl, and when they saw her, the girl "darted out of the room" and Klusmeier was "putting his pants up."
Akers said the woman told him she tried to get the girl alone to speak with her about "what was going on, but every time she would get (her) alone, Geren would come into whatever room they were in."
The next day, Akers said, the woman reported she spoke with the girl and was told "Geren asked her to go to the bedroom with him.
"When they got to the bedroom, Geren pulled his pants down" and allegedly asked her to touch him inappropriately.
Akers said he was told the girl reported "this has happened several times in the past."
Klusmeier allegedly also has inappropriately touched the girl both under and over her clothing, according to the woman's statement to Akers.
Officers subsequently contacted Klusmeier at his residence, and he agreed to go to the police station for questioning, Akers said.
During an interview with Detective Steve McCane, "he denied all the allegations."