Homeless man arrested for child molestation

Homeless man arrested for child molestation

HOWELL COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - A homeless man was arrested in Howell County last month for first-degree child molestation and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to a probable cause affidavit, officers responded to the Samaritan Outreach Center, 715 Missouri Ave. in West Plains, for a sexual assault on May 27.

A girl reported to police that a man, later identified as Brandon Rinne, had molested her younger brother in a car.

The girl said when she realized her brother was out in the car she ran outside to confront them. She told police that both Rinne and the boy were covered with a blanket and "the blanket was moving up and down."

The boy also spoke to police. He said he left the building and went to his mother's car, which Rinne was sleeping in.

He said that when he got in the car Rinne pulled a blanket over both of them.

He said Rinne then rolled over and kissed him on the mouth before grabbing his "private place."

The boy said he also grabbed Rinne's privates.

Police reported the incident to the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline.

Officers then found Rinne and he agreed to talk to them.

He said that the child's mother told him that he could sleep in her car outside of the Samaritan Outreach Center.

Rinne said the juvenile asked if he could stay in the car with him so he put a blanket over them both and fell asleep.

He told police that he woke up with the boy playing with his hair.

He did not give any more information during that interview, but he was placed in custody pending the filing of formal charges.

In a later interview, Rinne said that he was having a casual conversation with the boy when Rinne unbuttoned and unzipped his shorts, then pulled down his shorts and underwear.

According to the court documents, Rinne said the boy "grabbed his penis and massaged him for approximately 10 seconds."

Rinne denies getting an erection, having the boy perform oral sex, or touching the boy in any inappropriate way.

Police completed a referral to have the child interviewed at the South Central Child Advocacy Center in West Plains.

The detective wrote in the affidavit that he believed Rinne should remain in custody because he is homeless and frequents the community in area that children commonly hang out.

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