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Man Pleads Guilty to Rape of 16-Year Old Girl

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A 30-year-old Springfield man charged with second-degree statutory rape and statutory sexual abuse changed his plea to guilty on Wednesday and is to be sentenced in April.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A 30-year-old Springfield man charged with second-degree statutory rape and statutory sexual abuse changed his plea to guilty on Wednesday and is to be sentenced in April.

Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announced that Peter Funderburk entered a guilty plea to having sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl in 2012. The trial was to have begun Wednesday morning until Funderburk abruptly pleaded guilty, according to a release from Patterson’s office.

The plea is not the pursuant to a plea agreement, Patterson said, and Funderburk faces up to 15 years in prison on each count. Judge Calvin Holden set a sentencing hearing for 1:30 p.m. April 25, 2014.

The defendant is a prior and persistent offender with convictions for burglary in
the 2nd degree, attempted burglary in the 2nd degree, damage to jail property, failure to
return rented property and possession of a controlled substance.

Court documents indicate that in the current case, Funderburk was discovered having sex with the 16-year-old by her mother, with whom he was living after being released from prison in 2012.  After being caught, the defendant fled the house but was later detained by law enforcement officers, the release said. He later confessed to having sex with the victim and the defendant’s DNA was found in the victim’s underwear.


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