Sex offender charged with molesting a child

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ELSBERRY, MO (KTVI) — A Lincoln County sex offender is behind bars for allegedly molesting a 9-year-old Elsberry girl.

Investigators say the young victim identified the offender as family friend Hershel Brown, 48. The victim told police the incident happened in late July while she was visiting his home.

Brown is charged with statutory sodomy, child molestation and failing to register as a sex offender.  Authorities say Hershel did not register his home address with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

Court documents indicate Hershel pleaded guilty in 2003 to forcible rape charges. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Hershel is currently being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

By: Kamron Taylor

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