Archie man charged with felony sodomy

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By BATES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

On May 21, 2014, Detectives at the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a report of sexual abuse involving a juvenile. During the investigation, the suspect was identified as Richard D. Purkey.

On May 22, 2014, Richard D. Purkey was taken into custody at his home in rural Archie. He was transported to Bates County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with 3 counts of felony statutory sodomy. His bond was set at $100,000.00 cash or surety. Further charges are being reviewed by the Bates County Prosecuting Attorney.

Richard Purkey is currently a registered sex offender in Bates County. On 7/27/1999 Purkey was convicted of rape and sodomy of a juvenile in Cass County, MO.

Purkey is currently being held in the Bates County Jail.