Man charged with statutory rape of 15-year-old girl
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department announced Thursday a 31-year-old man was charged with the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl last year.
Columbia police arrested Jerry M. Venneman early Wednesday at a home on North 8th Street on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a child.
Sheriff's detectives began their investigation into the rape in October 2015 after the Moberly Police Department said it received information about the alleged crime.
The sheriff's department said Venneman is being held on a $50,000 bond.
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect clarified details.]