Mt. Vernon’s Wilson put behind bars after allegations


Arrest comes as accused also faces prior charges of statutory rape

A Mt. Vernon man was arrested after he allegedly touched an underage girl inappropriately at his house. Tanner Blaine Wilson, 20, is charged with first-degree sodomy.
According to the probable cause statement, the victim, identified as a girl under the age of 18, was at Wilson’s home to get movies to watch sometime between Aug. 23 and Sept. 25. In a forensic interview that took place on Oct. 5, the girl said that while she was at Wilson’s home, Wilson took her to “the laundry room where the movies were located.” While there, the girl said, Wilson kissed her and touched her inappropriately, to which she said, “No.”
She said he then told her not to tell anyone and “it would be our little secret.”
A relative who was interviewed in the case, and who is not being named because they have not been charged, allegedly admitted to having the girl at the house and also allegedly admitted that it was not a smart idea to have girls around Wilson.
Wilson was arrested on Monday, Oct. 23, and after being advised of his Miranda rights, invoked them.
At the time of his arrest, Wilson was free on LBS monitoring while facing a charge of statutory rape from 2022. According to the probable cause statement in that case, on May 13, 2022, a girl told investigators that Wilson entered her room through her bedroom window. She said he then started to undress her, and though she told him “No” several times, he sexually assaulted her against her will.
Wilson appeared in court on the sodomy charge on Thursday, Oct. 26, where he waived formal arraignment. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Thursday, Nov. 30, for a preliminary hearing.
Wilson is scheduled to appear in court on March 5, 2024, for a pre-trial hearing and then to face a jury trial on April 10-12, 2024. That case has been transferred to Barry County on a change of venue.
As of press time, Wilson remained in custody in the Lawrence County Jail.


Lawrence County Record

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Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712


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