Christopher Wadel found guilty on child sex abuse charges

By BATES COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

Thursday, December 1, a Bates County jury found 28 year old Christopher Wadel guilty of child sexual abuse and child endangerment. Prosecuting Attorney Hugh C. Jenkins presented the State’s case. Wadel was found guilty on two counts of statutory sodomy, one count of statutory rape and two counts of child endangerment. Wadel was found not guilty on the charge of assault and felony child abuse. Judge James Journey presided over the three day trial.

In May of 2010 a report was made to the Bates County Sheriff’s Department alleging physical abuse of the children and as the investigation continued, the young victims, ages 4 and 5 when the crimes were committed, disclosed that sexual abuse had occurred.

Wadel was arrested in January of 2011 and has been in the Bates County Jail since that time. After the verdict was read, Wadel was immediately taken into custody and returned to the Bates County Jail to await sentencing scheduled for the February 2012 trial week.