SEDALIA MAN INDICTED BY GRAND JURY FOR ALLEGED ASSAULT AND RAPE CHARGES IN PETTIS COUNTY

A Sedalia man has been indicted by a grand jury for assault and rape charges stemming from an alleged incident earlier this year in Pettis County.

According to a probable-cause statement, on August 17, Sedalia Police officers responded to Bothwell ER to speak with a victim of an alleged assault and rape that occurred earlier that day.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who said that 46-year-old Michael Thornton allegedly forced his way into the her residence and reportedly began to punch her multiple times in the facial area. The victim also said that Thornton allegedly was intoxicated and reportedly threatened her with a butcher knife.

Reportedly, Thornton and the victim then drove to his residence, where he allegedly forced the victim to have sexual intercourse.

Online court documents state Thornton has been charged with a Class A Felony for First-Degree Domestic Assault, Causing Serious Physical Injury, and two counts of an Unclassified Felony for First-Degree Rape or Attempted Rape- Aggravated Sexual Offense. Bond was set at $75,000 cash or surety.

A future date for Thornton at Pettis County Circuit Court in Sedalia is pending.