Missouri man sentenced to life in prison for child sex crimes

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A Phelps County, Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison for three charges in connection to a rape, sodomy case.

Robert Branson has been charged with first-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree statutory rape. Branson, 38-years-old, was arrested on July of 2016 in Rolla, Missouri.

Police had been notified a juvenile female had been sexually abused between March 2011 and March 2016. According to the probable cause statement, the victim said she was raped by Branson twice.

The sexual abuse began when she was 7-years-old, according to the victim.

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