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West Convicted of Rape of Missouri State Student

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A man charged with raping a Missouri State Student in June 2009 was convicted Wednesday, Oct. 30.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A man charged with raping a Missouri State Student in June 2009 was convicted Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Charlie K. West, 30, of Chicago, Ill., was convicted by a Greene Country Jury on charges of forcible rape, forcible sodomy and kidnapping.

According to a statement by Greene County Prosecution Attorney Dan Patterson, the jury deliberated for almost three hours before announcing their verdict.

During the trial, testimony was presented by the victim, a Missouri State University student.

According to the victim, she was walking on Cherry St. in Springfield when a stranger came up behind her, threw his arms around her and dragged her to a secluded spot between a garage and tall wooden privacy fence.

The man threatened her life, and the victim said she believed the threats.

West then raped and sodomized the victim.

After West ran away, the victim immediately reported the rape and underwent a sexual assault forensic examination.

A DNA profile was developed from semen collected during the examination.

In early 2010, the Missouri Highway Patrol was informed that the DNA profile matched West’s DNA.

Over the next two years, the Springfield Police Department worked with other law enforcement agencies including police officers in Chicago, U.S. Marshals and officers in Des Moines, Iowa, to locate West.

West was eventually found in Iowa when another DNA sample was taken and confirmed as a match.
West told officers in Iowa that he had never met the victim, never had sex with her and never had sex outside when he lived in Springfield.

In court on Wednesday, West testified that he knew the victim and that they had consensual sex outside on the Missouri State University campus.

West acknowledged three felony drug convictions for possessing heroin in Illinois from 2004 as well as a misdemeanor drug conviction for marijuana in Iowa in 2012.

A sentencing hearing sis set for Feb. 7, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.

West faces a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison up to a maximum of three life sentences in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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