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Cass County man, 24, accused of sexual relationship with girl, 13

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A 24-year-old Cass County man has been charged after allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl. (KCTV5) A 24-year-old Cass County man has been charged after allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl. (KCTV5)
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A 24-year-old Cass County man has been charged after allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Nicholas R. Barber faces charges of first-degree statutory rape, possession of child pornography and tampering with a victim in a felony prosecution.  

According to court records filed Thursday, authorities say the teenage victim told her mother that she snuck out of her friend's house while spending the night on April 7. She then met Barber in his vehicle at the end of the driveway where they had sex.

Detectives say they recovered a cell phone the teenager used and found explicit text messages between her and Barber. A pornographic video message was also discovered that authorities say Barber requested from the teen.

The victim refused to make a statement with detectives because she said she did not want to get Barber in trouble, court records state.

Another text message was sent about a month later between the two individuals. The teen told Barber that her mother just got a call from a detective about her interview. Barber responded, "In this interview. He's gonna try to crack you. Just don't talk to him ... That's the best info is no info."

Court records state the victim's mother made attempts to prevent her daughter from having access to Barber and to stop all communications, but she disobeyed and the two continued to talk.

On July 4, the teen was reported missing from her home in Cleveland. Ten days later, she showed up at the Osage Beach Police Department where she turned herself in a runaway. 

Detectives later arrived at Barber's home 50 miles away. He told authorities that the teen left his home and drove to the police station in an attempt to conceal his location and association with her. 

The two admitted that Barber picked her up from her home and remained together during the eight days she was reported missing.

According to court records, the teen told detectives the two had sex. However, when Barber was questioned about their sexual activity, he said, "You know I have to lie to you."

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