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Union man admits to having sex with 8-year-old, feeding her meth

WASHINGTON, Mo. – A 48-year-old Union, Missouri man admitted to engaging in sexual activity with an 8-year-old girl and giving her methamphetamine, the Washington Police Department said.

According to Detective Betsey Schulze, a police spokeswoman, the incident occurred January 1 at an American Inn in the 1700 block of East Fifth Street. The suspect, identified as Brett Pendleton, rented a room at the motel and had the 8-year-old with him.

Schulze said the child’s mother came to the motel room that evening. While there, the child got the mother in the bathroom and explained Pendleton had hurt her. The child said Pendleton forced her to have several different types of sexual acts. Additionally, the child said Pendleton made her eat meth, smoke marijuana, and smoke cigarettes.

The child’s mother took the girl to Mercy Hospital and filed a police report. Police said the victim was known to the suspect.

Police located Pendleton after he’d left the motel in his vehicle, Schulze said. Officers initiated a traffic stop and took Pendleton into custody.

Evidence collected in the motel room matched the victim’s statements, Schulze said.

While in police custody, Pendleton admitted to giving the child methamphetamine by rolling it in toilet paper and then feeding it to her. He also confessed to having sexual contact with the girl.

Pendleton was charged with one count of statutory sodomy or attempted statutory sodomy deviate sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 12, and an additional count of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk. He remains jailed on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

Meanwhile, police have said the mother is not under investigation and had no knowledge of the alleged crimes prior to being told by her daughter.