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Shelbina man could see state child-sex charges dropped

Shelbina man could see state child-sex charges dropped

2 months ago by Scott Hardy

Stephen Bartlett faces charges in Shelby County; will go on trial in St. Louis Federal court Nov 13

A Shelbina man, facing both state and Federal child sex charges, may have his state charges dropped later this year.

Stephen Bartlett was to be arraigned Thursday morning in Shelby County Circuit Court on counts of statutory rape, statutory sodomy, child molestation and use of a child in a sexual performance. However, Bartlett wasn't in court, due to being in Federal custody. His lawyer asked to have the state charges dropped, which Judge Frederick Tucker will consider on December 14th. Bartlett is set to go on trial November 13th in St. Louis District Court on three Federal counts of producing child pornography, and is accused of making a video with a child sometime between 2014 and May 2016. The Shelby County charges are alleged to have happened in September 2011. Shelbina police and the FBI arrested Bartlett at a Shelbina home last November.

Bartlett's being held under Federal custody in the Marion County Jail without bond.

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