Area pastor charged with six sex felonies

A California, Mo., man is free after posting bond on two felony charges totaling six counts.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Travis Ray Smith, 42, California, was picked up in Morgan County at 5:56 p.m. Monday on warrants issued in Moniteau County Court.

Smith is also a church pastor in Stover.

The warrants were for felony sex charges filed from incidents alleged to have occurred in Moniteau County in 1998, 1999 and 2005 involving two separate victims.

According to court documents, one charge lists four counts that are alleged to have occurred between March 1, 1998, and February 1999 involving the same victim who was younger than 17 years old at the time of the incidents. The four Class C felony counts are forcible rape, second-degree statutory rape, sexual abuse and second-degree statutory rape. Three are alleged to have occurred in the Latham area.

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