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MO man charged after sexual encounter with teen

Franklin Maxwell Blissett (Source: Stoddard County Sheriff's Office) Franklin Maxwell Blissett (Source: Stoddard County Sheriff's Office)
DEXTER, MO (KAIT) -

A Missouri man is awaiting arraignment after being charged with a felony crime against a teenager.

According to court documents, Franklin Maxwell Blissett, 22, of Sikeston is charged with second-degree statutory rape in Stoddard County.

Dexter police began investigating the incident in February after a 14-year-old girl told officers she had had sex with Blissett, who was 21 at the time.

The victim said the encounter happened on Jan. 30 at a commuter parking lot near Missouri Highway 25 at the U.S. 60 overpass.

The girl told police she and Blissett had exchanged texts and phone calls. She further told police that one "conversation was sexual in nature."

The victim said Blissett agreed to pick up the girl from a friend's house on the night of Jan. 29 so they "could go riding around." They drove to the parking lot after the girl was picked up around midnight.

Court documents state Blissett asked the girl to perform a sex act on him. She told Blissett she was 14 and did not how to perform the act, but later agreed to it.

Then, the victim told police she and Blissett had intercourse inside the car.

On Feb. 2, a police detective contacted Blissett at his home in Sikeston and he agreed to be interviewed at the Dexter Police Department.

Blissett reportedly admitted to having the teen perform a sex act on him and also having intercourse with her inside his vehicle on the day in question, according to court documents.

Further, Blissett told police he was "aware of the victim's age and was sorry for his actions."

Blissett is currently in the Stoddard County Jail awaiting arraignment on Thursday, April 14.

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