7:37 AM
Robert David Nelson (mug shot TCSO)

A jury in Christian County has convicted a Taney County man of two counts of child molestation for an attack on a 9 year-old girl in 2005.

Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell charged Robert David Nelson, 45, Kissee Mills, with two counts of child molestation with physical injury with a child under twelve, one count of statutory rape with physical injury to a child under fourteen, two counts of first-degree child molestation, two counts of sexual misconduct with a child and attempted statutory rape of a child. 

The child molestation charges were originally part of an eight-count felony case filed by Merrell, but the court severed some of the charges because they involve multiple victims. Nelson will be tried on the remaining six counts, which involve two other alleged victims, at a later date.

“This case was hard-fought, and not easy on the witnesses or the jurors. I’m extremely proud of the victim’s bravery in facing her abuser in open court, and enduring a difficult cross-examination,” said Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey Merrell. “I’m thankful that this allegation was brought to our attention. Although originally reported in 2005, these counts were not filed until 2009. That’s when the original reports were brought to me.”

Nelson, who was on Taney County’s sex offender registry at the time of the 2005 offenses, faces up to fifteen years in prison when he is sentenced.

The case was moved to Christian County on a change of venue.