UPDATE 12/13 — Dunlap has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to remove sensitive details about the alleged victim.
REPUBLIC, Mo. — A Republic man was arrested after allegedly assaulting a juvenile who would not disclose where they received $400.
Adam Clark Dunlap, 43, of Republic, was formally charged with three felony counts of abuse and neglect of a child and was arrested on Dec. 1. Dunlap was jailed with a $25,000 bond and has since been bailed out.
On Nov. 28, an interview with the victim was held at the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield, where they described what happened.
According to a probable cause report, Dunlap is being accused of striking the victim several times with his hands and a belt and choke-holding them.
Dunlap struck the victim and choked the victim until they were unconscious, according to court records.
At some point, the victim lied about how they got the money, stating that it was from a friend to be used for a gift card. Dunlap accepted the answer and allowed the victim to go back inside, according to court records.
“Now you know not to mess with me,” Dunlap allegedly said to the victim.
Dunlap has been involved in several domestic assaults and domestic disturbance cases in the past, according to court documents.
Dunlap has a motion hearing scheduled for Dec. 13 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 15, 2023.