By Joe Barker
Missourian Staff Writer
A man charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and child endangerment will be arraigned next week in Franklin County Circuit Court.
Brett James Pendleton, 48, is scheduled to appear in front of Circuit Judge Ike Lamke Tuesday, Feb. 6. Pendleton was arrested and charged in early January after he admitted to police to committing sexual acts with a juvenile and making her ingest drugs.
Pendleton originally was charged Jan. 2 with one felony count of statutory sodomy, deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 12 years old, and one felony count of endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk.
Last week the Franklin County grand jury indicted Pendleton on one count of first-degree child molestation, three felony counts of statutory sodomy or attempted sodomy with a person less than 12 years old, and two felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Pendleton is being held at the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center on a parole violation for a 2010 charge for manufacturing drugs.
Washington police said Pendleton rented a room at the American Inn in the 1700 block of East Fifth Street while he was with the 8-year-old girl Monday, Jan. 1.
The girl’s mother said she had been in contact with the juvenile during the day and grew concerned when communication stopped. That evening, the girl’s mother located her at the hotel.
Police said the girl motioned to her mother to enter the bathroom so the two could speak privately. While in the bathroom, the girl said she was afraid and had been hurt by Pendleton.
The juvenile told her mother Pendleton had made her engage in multiple sex acts and forced her to eat methamphetamine, and smoke marijuana and cigarettes. The mother took the girl to Mercy Hospital Washington for evaluation and made a police report.
Pendleton left the hotel room in his vehicle. He was pulled over by Washington police and taken into custody for violation of a denied driving status. Washington police obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and the hotel room.
According to the original probable cause statement filed in Franklin County Circuit Court in early January, police said they found evidence, including bags of drugs, in the hotel room corroborating the girl’s account.
Police said during an interview Pendleton admitted to committing sexual acts and having sexual contact with the juvenile girl. Pendleton also told police he had intentionally given the girl methamphetamine by rolling it in toilet paper and feeding it to her.
According to the probable cause statement, Pendleton said he knows that sexual frustrations can lead to bad decisions, and he knows what is right and wrong. Police said he admitted what he did was wrong.