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The Carthage Press
  • Carthage teen pleads not guilty

  • A Carthage boy told a Jasper County judge he's not guilty of raping a rural Carthage girl last week.
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  • A Carthage boy told a Jasper County judge he's not guilty of raping a rural Carthage girl last week.
    Dykota Lane Pennington, 17, Carthage, appeared on Thursday by video before Jasper County Associate Circuit Court Judge Richard Copeland for his arraignment on a felony charge of forcible rape.
    He pleaded not guilty.
    Attorney Kurt Benecke, with the Missouri Public Defender's office, was assigned to represent Pennington and the next hearing is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.
    In a sworn statement, filed with the court, Jasper County Sheriff's Investigator Chris Douglas said he was called to a home in rural Jasper County west of Carthage by the father of the girl. When interviewed, the victim said she was raped, and the document gave the girl's account of what happened.
    The victim also said Pennington threatened to harm her if she called authorities.
    Douglas wrote that Pennington was located at a home close to the victim's residence and interviewed. According to the sworn statement, Pennington said the girl told him no, but he continued to have sex with her after she said no.
    Pennington is being held in the Jasper County Detention Center in Carthage on $50,000 surety and $5,000 cash bond.
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