Sex offender charged with 3 counts of statutory rape

Photo: Ronald L. Becker II

Authorities with the West Plains Police Department have arrested a registered sex offender who is now facing three counts of statutory rape.

According to a press release, 30-year-old Ronald L. Becker II was charged after officers responded to a residence along Lanton Road Monday for a disturbance involving a female juvenile.

Through their investigation officers discovered a 14-year-old female juvenile had allegedly been having a sexual relationship with an adult male, later identified as Becker.

The female juvenile told officers she and the adult male had sex approximately 10 times between November and as recently as two or three days prior to the report being filed with the police department.

Becker had been arrested by the Howell County Sheriff’s Office on an unrelated matter and was incarcerated at the West Plains City Jail at the time of the investigation.

He was convicted of statutory rape in 2011 after having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female juvenile. Becker was 21 at the time.

His bond in the latest case was set at $25,000, cash/corporate surety.

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