Court document details child sex charges against Slater fire chief

2 years 2 months 1 week ago Monday, September 14 2015 Sep 14, 2015 Monday, September 14, 2015 10:42:00 AM CDT September 14, 2015 in News
By: Chris Gothner, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

SALINE COUNTY - Court documents released Monday say Slater Fire Chief Levi Dennis repeatedly molested a young girl over a two-year period.

According to the probable cause statement, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Christopher Scott said Dennis took pornographic photographs of two children between 2011 and 2013, molesting one of the victims. 

The statement said the victim, identified only as L.S., told police Dennis took pornographic photographs of her and molested her when she was between the ages of nine and 13.

L.S. said Dennis would photograph her naked in the shower and later enter the shower naked and attempt to molest her. She said these incidents occurred three to four times per week during that two-year time period, according to the statement.

L.S. told police she would wake up with her clothes removed and Dennis would be standing next to her or, at times, lying naked on top of her, the statement said. L.S. also said Dennis attempted both intercourse and oral sex on her and touched her genitals. 

On June 17, 2015, police executed a search warrant at Dennis' home in Slater. Police seized 14 items as potential evidence, 13 of which were sent to MSHP's Digital Forensic Investigation Unit for examination. 

On July 31, 2015, forensic examiners provided Sgt. Scott with two compact discs seized from Dennis. Scott said he observed more than twenty images appearing to be child pornography. Scott said he found numerous images of L.S. and an unidentified girl changing into swimwear. 

Scott said the images appeared to be taken from a hidden camera. Additionally, Scott said he viewed more than 15 images of L.S. in various stages of undress. 

On August 10, 2015, Scott re-interviewed L.S., who positively identified herself in 15 of 26 photographs she viewed. She confirmed Dennis took all of the photographs. 

L.S. said Dennis stopped photographing and assaulting her after a report to the Department of Family Services in October 2011, according to the probable cause statement.

Dennis is charged with fourteen counts of sexual exploitation of a minor child, two counts of attempted first-degree statutory sodomy, one count of possession of child pornography, one count of first-degree statutory sodomy, one count of first-degree child molestation and one count of invasion of privacy of multiple individuals.

Dennis could face five to 15 years in prison, prosecutors said. The court has set a date for his initial appearance for Wednesday at 9 a.m. 

(Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional information.)

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