5 Missouri Men Busted on Child Rape Charges

Accused believed to be father, four sons
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2009 4:50 AM CST
The five suspects are being held without bond and police plan to hold a press conference on the case later today.   (©VeryBadLady)

(Newser) – Five members of the same family were arrested in connection with sex crimes against children in a raid on a Missouri farm yesterday. The men, aged from 47 to 77, are believed to be a father and his four sons, police say. They face multiple felony charges including forcible sodomy, forcible rape with a child less than 12 years old, and use of a child in a sexual performance, Fox reports.

Authorities have released few details on the crime but they say it involved more than one child. Court records show that some of the charges against the five date back as far as 1988. Shocked neighbors said the oldest man charged, 77-year-old Burrell Edward Mohler Sr, was a good man who cared for a disabled daughter. "I'm stunned. It's hard to believe. I'm just stunned," a neighbor told KMBC-TV.