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Authorities in Monett are searching for a man accused of raping the child of his girlfriend.

Dewey Gene Stewart, 44, of Monett, was charged with first-degree statutory rape last week and is on the run from cops according to Monett police chief Tim Schweder.  The charges were filed after someone made a hotline call to the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline to report a child under 12 was being treated at Cox Monett hospital.

Stewart is on parole for several drug and traffic offenses according to Schweder.

Anyone with information on Stewart's whereabouts is asked to call Monett police at 417-235-4241; the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers tips line at 354-8477 or 9-1-1.
UPDATED - 01-24-11:

Stewart was arrested at a mobile home near Monett this morning.  Barry County Sheriff's deputies assisted officers from Monett in the arrest.

Stewart is being held in the Monett jail on $75,000 cash only bond pending transfer to the Barry County jail. 


Investigation Services said...

The man who raped the child must be punished and put into a jail. He must pay for what he has done. Justice will always prevail!