Mohr sentenced to two years for rape of 16-year-old
Gainesville resident Bryan Mohr, 34, pleaded guilty to the class D felony of second-degree statutory rape before Circuit Judge Craig Carter Oct. 16 and was sentenced to two years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The range of punishment for a class D felony in Missouri is up to four years in prison.
Mohr is required to complete the Missouri Sexual Offender Program while in prison and, upon discharge, he will have to register as a sex offender.
After the guilty plea, Mohr’s Oct. 30 jury trial was removed from the court’s calendar.
Mohr, who has been in custody in the Ozark County Jail since December 11, 2018, will get credit for the 10 months he’s already served locally. He was represented by Missouri Public Defender Kate Welborn, and the state was represented by Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant.
The allegations regarding the charge involve the rape of a 16-year-old girl sometime between Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, 2018. Another case, originally filed on Aug. 15, 2018, charged Mohr with statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a 16-year-old girl. That case was dropped after the prosecution was unable to produce a witness willing to testify before a court or jury; however, the designation of being dropped “without prejudice” means the case can be refiled within the statute of limitations.
The victims in those two cases are identified with different initials in court documents, indicating they involve two different girls.
According to the probable cause statement in the most recently case written by Ozark County Deputy Cpl. Curtis Dobbs, officers were notified by an Ozark County school administrator on Dec. 4, 2018, that a student confided to a member of the school personnel that she had been raped. A Division of Family Services investigator, along with Ozark County Sheriff’s Department officers, arrived at the school to make contact with the student and investigate the incident.
The 16-year-old student reportedly disclosed to the officers and investigator that Mohr had held her down forcibly and raped her. Based on the information provided by the student, officers and the Family Services investigator concluded their conversation with the student, and an interview with the Child Advocacy Center was then scheduled for the student on Dec. 6, 2018.
Ozark County Chief Deputy Winston Collins arrived at the Child Advocacy Center at 9 a.m. that day for the interview; however, neither the student nor her family members appeared for the appointment. Around 1:47 p.m. the same day, Collins and Dobbs accompanied a Family Services investigator back to the school to check on the welfare and safety of the student.
The student reportedly detailed an instance in which Mohr, a relative of her mother’s boyfriend, stayed the night at their home within the previous month, sometime between Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, 2018. The student told the officers that Mohr asked the girl to come into his room to look at a text message from another person about a party, telling her that his phone was plugged into an outlet charging so she would need to come into the bedroom where he was. The girl reportedly said he then forced her to sit on his lap first and then pushed her down on the bed, removed her shorts and underwear, held her arms down with his hands and raped her.