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Franklin County Jury Finds Bootheel Man Guilty

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 8:55 am

A Franklin County jury last week found a southeast Missouri man guilty of rape and abduction. 

Steven C. Rendleman, 52, was found guilty Thursday, May 22, of forcible rape, forcible sodomy, assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action. Sentencing is scheduled for Monday, July 14, in front of Circuit Judge Gael D. Wood.

The charges stem from a March 2012 incident in Stoddard County in southeast Missouri. The trial was brought to Franklin County in a change of venue from Stoddard County. It began Tuesday, May 20. 

The Dexter Daily Statesman reported that Stoddard County deputies were asked to check on a woman who had been abducted from a bar in Advance. 

The Statesman reported that while the victim was in the bar, she “suddenly became incoherent and unconscious.” A bar employee allegedly helped Rendelman move her to his white Dodge truck. That was when she was last seen. Multiple witnesses reported that she was incapacitated and appeared unconscious as she was carried out. When she was taken away by Rendelman, the woman’s friends who had been in the bar with her contacted law enforcement and began to search.

Deputies located Rendelman’s truck as he was allegedly raping the victim.

Rendelman fled in his truck from police, and allegedly resisted arrest once the vehicle was stopped and the suspect was tasered multiple times, according to the newspaper report.

The victim told police she had been raped three times in a two-hour period. An exam by doctors revealed blood under her fingernails, numerous scratches and bruises and evidence that she had been raped, The Statesman reported

Rendelman has been convicted of rape twice in the past 30 years, in 1984 in Cape Girardeau County and in 1990 in Stoddard County. In 2009 Rendelman pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct in a Cape Girardeau County case.

A jury of 10 women and two men convicted Rendleman.

The state presented 13 witnesses over the course of the trial, but was not allowed to mention the defendant’s previous criminal history, according to The Statesman.

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