JC man charged in July rape

A Jefferson City man has been charged with second-degree rape for an incident that occurred in July.

According to a Cole County Sheriff’s Department probable cause statement, Clifton Hopper, 24, is believed to have committed the crime in the 200 block of Little Creek.

The victim was 16 when she claims Hopper forced her to have sex. Hopper told investigators the two did have sex, but that it was consensual and he thought she was older.

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