Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Accused of Raping 3 Girls in Jefferson County; Police Believe There May Be More Victims

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Accused of Raping 3 Girls in Jefferson County; Police Believe There May Be More Victims

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FESTUS * A De Soto man charged with raping three teen girls after a months-long investigation by Festus police may be responsible for more sexual assaults, police said.

Matthew Allen Baker Jr., 19, was arrested July 7 on two charges of first-degree rape and one charge of first-degree statutory rape with a person less than 14. He was being held in the Jefferson County Jail, where no bail has been set.

Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis said the female victims range from 13 to 15. It wasn't immediately clear how the suspect encountered the girls.

The rapes happened at three different locations in Festus. In one case, Baker held a girl down on a bed and raped her, according to court documents.

In another, he asked a girl to have sex, but when rebuffed, he covered her mouth with his hand and raped her, court documents say. …

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