CAMDENTON - Dairy Queen owner Dennis "Denny" Purdy, a 67 year-old male from Camdenton, was charged Friday with forcible sodomy, second-degree statutory sodomy and sexual abuse.
Prosecutors allege Purdy engaged in inappropriate contact with a 14-year-old female employee in a Dairy Queen near the Lake of the Ozarks. Camdenton Police Department launched the investigation on Tuesday.
Prosecutors said earlier that day Purdy, who is a friend of the family and the girl's employer, told her to go to the basement of the Dairy Queen. He then pushed her up against the wall by the back of the neck with one hand while touching her genitals with the other.
According to a probable-cause statement released by prosecutors, the girl attempted to leave, but he turned her around and shoved her back into the wall. Purdy also reportedly bit her neck, leaving bite marks.
The juvenile told prosecutors that Purdy regularly grabs, touches and makes inappropriate comments to her.
Purdy denied having any inappropriate contact with the girl.