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Holts Summit man gets life sentence in sexual assault case

Holts Summit man gets life sentence in sexual assault case

September 30th, 2016 by News Tribune in News

A Holts Summit man will serve life in prison after pleading guilty in Cole and Callaway counties to being involved in sexual assaults of minors.

On Thursday in Cole County, Michael Kreps, 40, was sentenced to life in prison for pleading guilty to multiple charges in Cole County relating to a sexual assault investigation.

Earlier in the week in Callaway County court, Kreps was given a 20-year sentence, with credit for time served, for pleading guilty to a charge of statutory rape in a sexual assault case involving a child under the age of 12. This was related to the same investigation which came to light in May 2015.

Kreps' life sentence runs concurrent with his sentence in Callaway County and all other sentences against him.

In Cole County, he pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree statutory sodomy.

In June, Tenessa Wolfe, 27, of Jefferson City, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of first-degree statutory sodomy in connection with this case.

The charging documents indicate Kreps and Wolfe had sexual intercourse in Cole County with the victim, an unnamed girl, touched the victim's private areas, used sexual toys and a metallic ball on the victim, and created child pornography by photographing the victim engaged in sexual intercourse.

The documents show these events occurred between Dec. 1, 2010, and Aug. 1, 2011.

In May 2015, Kreps and Wolf were arrested in Callaway County on a total of 35 charges.

The Callaway County crimes were listed as having occurred in January 2010.

At the time of their arrests, authorities said they took Kreps and Wolfe into custody as the result of an extensive investigation. The Callaway County Sheriff's Office, Holts Summit Police Department, Boone County Sheriff's Office Cyber Crimes Unit and the Rolla Police Department aided in the investigation.

Three separate victims were identified, and their families were notified at that time.

Wolfe and Kreps were indicted by the Cole County Grand Jury in August 2015, which is when their charging documents were made public.