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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis-area man is accused of sexually torturing five women in his apartment over several years.
 
Authorities on Tuesday announced that 29-year-old Adam Michael Capriglione of south St. Louis County is facing 19 felony charges that include forcible rape, forcible sodomy, felonious restraint and domestic assault.
Capriglione is jailed on $500,000 bond.
 
Police spokesman Brian Schellman says an investigation began after one of the victims contacted police in January. Capriglione is accused of raping, sodomizing and torturing five women dating back to 2006.
Capriglione also faces one count of sexual exploitation of a minor for allegedly filming a child having sex in 2007.
 A phone message left with Capriglione's attorney, Joseph Green, was not immediately returned.
 
The crimes occurred at Capriglione's apartment and allegedly involved five victims. According to court records, most of the victims began as girlfriends. Some lived with Capriglione. One woman was allegedly choked until she fell unconscious. That same victim was allegedly burned with heated scissors, cut, and beaten with a rubber mallet.
 
Police suspect there may be other victims and urge them to come forward.
 
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:49

Mizzou Responds To Dowd Bennett Findings

Columbia, MO -- The Chancellor of the University of Missouri has issued a response to the report issued by the law firm Dowd Bennett regarding how the University handled a sexual assault allegation by a former student-athlete who later committed suicide.
 
R. Bowen Loftin says he accepts the findings which conclude that, though there was no intentional mishandling of the allegation by then-Missouri swimmer Sasha Menu Courey, the University did not follow proper Title IX guidelines in reporting the alleged assault to the campus Title IX coordinator.
 
Title IX guidelines were established by the Office of Civil Rights to advise agencies receiving federal funding how to protect against gender discrimination. The Dowd Bennett report also concluded that the University had not done enough to educate the staff on legal responsibilities as it relates to Title IX compliance.
 
Loftin says the safety, security and health of the students are the most important priorities. The Chancellor also expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of Menu Courey saying "Although nothing will bring her back, we can move forward and honor her memory by making sure that MU is accountable and responsible.
 
Loftin says the University is implementing the plan put forth by President Timothy Wolfe who has directed all four campuses to conduct a comprehensive review of all sexual assault and mental health resources available to students, staff and faculty and then to re-educate them about those resources.
 
In addition, each campus was tasked with reviewing all policies, procedures and training as it relates to sexual assault and mental health.  He says that they are also examining the Office of Student Conduct and how cases involving sexual assault are addressed. 
 
Athletic Director Mike Alden has also created a task force to examine how his department handles student incidents and concerns.
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ROLLA, Mo. (AP) - University of Missouri curators will learn the results of an outside law firm's investigation into the school's handling of a former swimmer's 2011 suicide at a Friday meeting in Rolla.
 
The university system hired the Dowd Bennett Law Firm to review the Columbia campus' actions in connection with the death of 20-year-old Sasha Menu Courey.
 
University officials say they didn't learn about her alleged freshman-year rape by several football players until she committed suicide 16 months later. Menu Courey's family has created a charitable foundation in her name to help raise money for greater awareness of borderline personality disorder.
 
The school says neither Menu Courey nor her parents sought a police investigation and didn't respond to a later request for more information. The case has since been referred to Columbia police.
   
 
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:38

Teen says she got HIV from sexual assault

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A 33-year-old man is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, and the teen told authorities that she contracted HIV from the man.
 
KMOV-TV reports that the suspect had a previous conviction as a sex offender. Formal charges have not been filed in the latest case.
 
Ferguson officer Tim Zoll says the investigation began late last year after authorities were contacted by the girl's family. Authorities have not yet confirmed whether the suspect is HIV-positive.
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   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The president of the University of Missouri system is seeking an independent review of how the university handled allegations from a swimmer that she had been sexually assaulted by a football player more than a year before she committed suicide.
   The move Sunday by UM System President Timothy Wolfe comes after an ESPN story questioning the University of Missouri's response to the alleged sexual assault of Sasha Menu Courey, who committed suicide in 2011, about 16 months after the alleged rape.
   In a letter to chancellors of the university's four campuses, Wolfe says he'll ask the board of curators to hire "outside independent counsel" to investigate how the university handled Menu Courey's allegations.
   The university also says it turned its information on the matter over to police on Saturday.
   
 
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The former St. Charles County teacher who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old, will serve probation.

KMOV reports the victim's family did not want the case to go to trial and that led to the plea agreement. Joseph Maddock will serve five years of probation after pleading guilty to child molestation charges. The abuse happened in early 2013 after Maddock had convinced the boy's family to allow him to home school the child.

Maddock has previously taught at 10 schools in the St. Louis area. 

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A sheriff in Maryville, Missouri expects up to 2,000 people to show up for a protest later today that was organized on behalf of a girl who says she was sexually assaulted when she was 14.  

The case in Nodaway County has drawn national attention, leading to the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Sheriff Darren White says the county is placing portable restrooms on Maryville's courthouse square and is taking other measures to accommodate those who attend the rally set for 6 o'clock this evening.

At least two activist groups have called for a protest of the county prosecutor's decision to drop charges against a boy accused in the January 2012 sexual assault of Daisy Coleman.  

The prosecutor says a lack of cooperation by the victim led to the charges being dropped.  The Coleman's refute that claim.

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The victim of a sexual assault on the campus of Washington University has identified the alleged attacker.

The victim told police that in the early morning hours of Sunday, someone she knew attacked her on the school's intramural fields. Campus police say the victim was able to identify the attacker and he is not affiliated with the school.

No arrests have been made, but investigators are preparing to take their case to prosecutors. 

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Authorities say the disappearance of a St. Charles man was part of a scheme to fake his own death and cover up allegations that he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Raymond David Avett of St. Charles disappeared in June, leaving suicide notes at several locations, including inside his Ford Explorer that was found abandoned in downtown St. Louis. He turned up three weeks later in Maryland.

Avett and his former girlfriend, 34-year-old Jennifer L. Callaway, were both charged Wednesday with concealing a felony.

Authorities allege that Callaway coerced Avett into giving her his home, SUV, boat and life insurance in exchange for not telling police about the alleged sexual assault.

Both suspects are jailed, Avett on $250,000 bond, Callaway on $200,000 bond.

 

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An Illinois man, accused of tying up two people and sexually assaulting them, is in custody.

Jerry Sutt was arrested Monday in Tennessee. Police say Sutt broke in to a rural Collinsville home on September 18 and bound the two people. He then allegedly assaulted one of them. That victim was taken to the hospital.

Sutt is now held on a half-million dollar bond and facing multiple felony charges.

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