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Charges filed against trespass suspect

Friday, November 19, 2010

John Clark
Formal charges have been filed in court against one suspect concerning recent incidents of trespass and theft at the Bowling Green Methodist Church, but none involving the subsequent ongoing investigation into rape allegations.

On Friday, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office verified formal allegations were filed against John Clark, 19, Brazil, Thursday. Clark currently faces two D felony charges of residential entry and theft and three class A misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and (2 counts) of criminal trespass.

A second suspect in the investigation, Brett Maesch, 20, Brazil, has not been formally charged in the matter, but is being held on a 15-day petition to detain due to a probation violation.

Maesch was preliminarily charged with rape, child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor.

Due to the serious nature of the rape allegations against the two men, Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger said no charges in this case, or any other similar type of case, would be filed until a thorough investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Clay County Child Protective Services and other child welfare agencies could be completed.

According to official documents in Clay Superior Court, Clay County E911 dispatchers were notified Nov. 12 that at least one male suspect was asleep inside the church.

Upon arrival of the deputies, the male ran away from the church. Clark was later identified and located in the Bowling Green Park.

Investigators quickly discovered Clark, along with other unidentified individuals, had been allegedly going into the church over several nights to sleep and take food.

While sorting out details, two unidentified female juveniles were questioned.

One female, under the age of 15, made allegations that Clark raped her last month at an unidentified residence located in Brazil, while the second female told investigators Maesch raped her in an abandoned Brazil residence.

Appearing in Clay Superior Court Thursday, Clark was appointed Matthew Effner as his defense attorney and a $7,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) was established in the new cases.

However, Clark is also in custody on a $25,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) for the violation of the terms of his probation in a theft case from July.

Apparently Clark pled guilty to stealing two bottles of tequila from a local grocery store on Sept. 1, and was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, which was all suspended, and he was placed on probation.

Brett Maesch
According to documents in Clay Circuit Court, Maesch was on probation for 11 months from a guilty plea in a class A misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury from May 13. Maesch remains incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center at the request of the Clay County Adult Probation Department, who filed a petition to detain probationer (for 15 days) on Nov. 12 due to the recent criminal allegations.

Officials confirm Maesch has a cash bond of $25,000 (with no 10 percent allowed) in this matter.

Both suspects remain incarcerated until further court proceedings.