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New information released in child molestation case

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Brett Maesch
New information is available surrounding the formal child molestation allegations filed against a Brazil man, while officials confirm the investigation continues and more suspects could be potentially charged in the matter.

The Clay County Prosecutor's Office formally charged Brett Maesch, 20, Brazil, with class B child molestation in Clay County Circuit Court Nov. 23.

The charges stem from an investigation that began because of a break-in at a local church.

According to Clay County E911 dispatchers, a male was discovered asleep inside the church around 8:30 a.m., Nov. 12.

Upon arrival of the deputies, the suspect ran away from the church. John Clark, 19, Brazil, was later located in the Bowling Green Park with an unidentified female juvenile.

Both were taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center for questioning.

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

While sorting out the details, several individuals were questioned by investigators, including two unidentified female juveniles. Due to the ages of the individual involved, investigators wanted to make sure no sexual activity had taken place between the older males and younger females. At that point, the rape allegations surfaced, not only against Clark, but also a second incident involving a second suspect, Brett Maesch.

Officials confirmed to The Brazil Times that both girls were initially interviewed in the presence of a parent and a Child Protective Services representative.

John Clark
The female under the age of 15 made allegations Clark raped her in October at an unidentified residence located in Brazil, while the second female told investigators Maesch had what she thought was consensual sex with her in an abandoned Brazil residence sometime the week before.

According to a probable cause affidavit on file at the courthouse, the 15-year-old female told investigators the alleged rape occurred in early October. The female said she woke on a couch, after being provided some type of medication for a headache earlier, to find herself naked except for a shirt and Clark climbing off her.

Apparently at some point during the incident the female asked if Clark ejaculated inside her during sexual intercourse, but he said no because he was "(messed) up" on pills he had been taking. The victim said she tried to tell others what happened, but wasn't believed.

The 11-year-old female told investigators the other female had confided in her and cried for three days afterward.

When the younger female was questioned further, she admitted to having sex with Maesch while staying the night at an empty house. However, she felt in some way to be pressured into having sex and asked Maesch to stop.

The girl then alleged other young men had dared Maesch to sleep with her, and when "boys are told they don't have the (guts) to do it, they will do it."

Both girls were released into parental custody as investigators gathered enough information to file charges. Parents were advised to take the girls to be medically checked and they would probably need to be questioned again.

During the continuing investigation, the owners of the two homes alleged to be scenes of the separate sexual incidents cooperated with authorities.

Meanwhile, Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger was advised of the serious nature of the allegations and that both suspects were out on conditions of bond in unrelated incidents. He confirmed the men should be taken into custody. Clark was preliminarily charged for the church break-in, while Maesch was taken into custody on the preliminary charges of rape, child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor.

On Nov. 19, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office verified two D felony charges of residential entry and theft and three class A misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and (2 counts) of criminal trespass were formally filed against Clark, however he has yet to be charged with any allegations involved in the subsequent rape investigation.

Officials confirmed Clark and Maesch would remain in custody at the jail for at least 15 days due to the violation of the individual release terms of their bonds.

Apparently Clark was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, which was all suspended, and placed on probation for a theft conviction in September, while Maesch was on probation for 11 months from a guilty plea in a battery case resulting in bodily injury from May 13.

Due to the serious nature of the allegations against the two men, the Clay County Prosecutor Office confirmed that no formal charges 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.

Appearing to enter a not guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout on Nov. 23, Maesch was appointed Charles Hear as his defense attorney and a jury trial was tentatively scheduled for Feb. 7, 2011. A no contact order was issued in the case on behalf of the victim and (on Nov. 30) a motion to reduce Maesch's $100,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) was requested and scheduled for Dec. 20.

Maesch was remanded back into the custody of the Clay County Justice Center to await further court proceedings.

Clark currently remains incarcerated at CCJC on a $25,000 consecutive cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) while awaiting further court proceedings. A jury trial has been tentatively scheduled in Clark's case for March 7, 2011.

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Eleven? ELEVEN?

-- Posted by brazilian on Sun, Dec 12, 2010, at 10:40 PM

An ELEVEN YR OLD ! he doesnt need a trial, he need an injection, lethal !!!! put this piece of crap away for good ! The smirk on his face will get wiped off in prison, PUNK!

-- Posted by otis66 on Mon, Dec 13, 2010, at 5:24 AM

She's 11?! then what's the need for consideration at all -- lock him up and see if that smirk is still in his face after the others hear about what he did. Disgusting!

-- Posted by PutGrad06 on Mon, Dec 13, 2010, at 7:17 AM

If these two individuals are guilty they should be punished! However, we need to make sure the young ladies involved are telling the truth.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Mon, Dec 13, 2010, at 8:14 AM

My question is, where were this eleven year old's parents? Sounds like more investigation needs to done there as well.

-- Posted by mk47394 on Mon, Dec 13, 2010, at 10:53 AM

i competly agree with you Partrosie but even if the young ladies are not tellin the truth these boys should know better than to mess with little girls reather they say yes or no, i mean common sense hello.. i hope the girls are doing ok from all of this though. i personaly know both boys and it really dont suprise me at all that they are in jail once again. i really hope they get the help they need..

-- Posted by jaj31208 on Mon, Dec 13, 2010, at 11:01 AM

This makes me sick.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Dec 13, 2010, at 11:20 AM

Makes me want to throw up. Hope they get the full punishment and then put in population.....on accident of course.

-- Posted by Meadow31 on Mon, Dec 13, 2010, at 12:24 PM

Maesch looks like a real winner! Lot him up with the big boys & see how he likes playing "pick up the soap"!! What a jerk! Clark isn't much better!

-- Posted by th1953 on Mon, Dec 13, 2010, at 1:53 PM

some of you do not talk any better than them boys act

-- Posted by barky on Mon, Dec 13, 2010, at 2:31 PM

I'm willing to bet these young girls are far from innocent. I don't believe they are telling the truth in the slightest. And yes, where are the parents of these young girls? I don't think there is an innocent party in this at all. The young men should know better than to break into and steal from a church. (A church of all places???) The young girls for their involvement in the break in, but, I wonder why they aren't being charged with that yet? How else would they even be connected with that story unless they were involved? If you ask me, Everyone of them should be doing time of some sort.

-- Posted by kellymr on Mon, Dec 13, 2010, at 3:01 PM


-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Dec 14, 2010, at 10:59 AM

Hahahhaaaa......Too funny sayitloud!

-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Tue, Dec 14, 2010, at 11:30 AM

QUOTE: "some of you do not talk any better than them boys act".

Pot, kettle, black.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Dec 14, 2010, at 11:51 AM

stop cussing that makes you look bad

-- Posted by barky on Tue, Dec 14, 2010, at 2:53 PM

it dont matter on the girls he will just put the boys in prison he cant do his job trust me i know

-- Posted by renee1 on Tue, Dec 14, 2010, at 9:57 PM

Where are the parents of these girls,an 11 yr old and a fifteen year old.

They are as guilty as these two guys are,the parents should be arrested for endangerment due to the fact they let them run free.

Guys always get the blunt end and in this case its apparent they should,but the parents of these young kids should also have to arrested in some cases.

Like a case out here in ca a couple yrs ago where a twelve yr old was killed in a shoot out,the kid had an UZI and it was 1:30 am. parent sued because of extreme force against their son, "" He was such a good boy "" according to his mother. I said what was a good twelve year old boy with a 9MM UZI, doing out at 1:30am shooting at people.Where was the parents then,just like this case,why was an 11yr old and a 15yr old out on their own.

-- Posted by T-REX on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 11:33 AM

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