Charges Dropped, Civil Suit Filed

| June 14, 2013 | 6:37 pm
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Two anonymous plaintiffs have filed a civil case in Jackson County.

The listed defendants include Burrell Mohler, Senior, and Burrell Mohler, Junior.  The pair spent more than two years in jail between 2009 and 2012 while facing charges.  The elder Mohler and his four sons, Burrell Jr., David, Jared and Roland, were accused of molesting five young relatives during the 1980s at a farm in Bates City.  The allegations against the men included stories of bestiality, pregnancies, and murders.

Lafayette County Prosecutor Kellie Wingate Campbell dropped all charges in March of 2012.

In the latest civil suit, the plaintiffs are referred to only as Jane Doe 123 and John Doe 124.  Other defendants include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, headquartered in Salt Lake City, and the Community of Christ, located in Independence.  Paul Tonga, of Independence, Grant Bench, of Odessa, and Gordon Goodman, of Grain Valley, have also been summoned.

A case management conference has been scheduled for October 1st at 8:30 a.m.

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