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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Osceola man charged with multiple counts of child molestation

Joseph Machabee of Osceola, Missouri was arrested for sex crimes involving children. The 36 year old is facing multiple charges, including felony statutory rape and seven (7) counts of felony child molestation.

Mr. Machabee worked at a club and tattoo shop in Springfield, but the investigation is taking place in Osceola where the abuse took place and where Machabee also resided. Detectives say police started their investigation at the end of September, 2021.

Chief Roth says any case involving crimes against children takes a lot of time to make sure everything is done properly. Chief Roth says the Children’s Center in Butler, Mo. played a crucial role, making or breaking a case when it comes to interviewing the kids.

The chief says that’s because they’re trained professionals that know how to ask age-appropriate questions without re-traumatizing the children.

Chief Roth also says she values the importance of providing mental health resources to families.

“If the family is willing to accept mental health assistance, whether it be counseling or other in that aspect, I always try to cover all my bases to try to get that kiddo back to somewhat of a norm.”

Machabee’s bond is set at $50,000.

Source: Shoshana Stahl with KY3 News