by: Scott McCaulley
Branson Ward II Alderman Rick Castillon has had an Order of Protection Filed against him by a Woman in Newton County, Missouri.
Online documents from Missouri Case Net indicates a Full Order of Protection was issued by Newton County Judge Anna Christine Rhoades after a hearing on April 23 done via Zoom due to the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak. Evidence was accepted in court that day against Castillon by an unnamed person for what was declared Adult Abuse. The order was filed in court with a copy also sent to Castillon and to the Taney County Sheriff’s Office.
Castillon did issue a statement Monday afternoon that was first posted on KY-3 Dot Com:
“It is true that a previous girl friend of mine filed an order of protection. While I will not engage on personal matters, I think it would serve my opponents well to focus on the people of Branson and the needs of our city as opposed to my personal life.
I have heard from many who are not interested in discussing my personal life but instead have decided to vote for me because of the way I represent our business community and our Residents as an Alderman for Ward 2.
I will continue to fight for limited government, fiscal responsibility and individual liberty and freedom during what will be my 3rd term representing the City of Branson.”
Other records from Case Net indicate that Castillon also had an Order of Protection filed against him in 2013 by a Taney County Court on behalf of a woman that was identified on the record as an ex-spouse. In an interview with the Branson Tri-Lakes News in 2018, Castillon said that was a misunderstanding with his ex-wife.
Castillon, who is challenged by opponent Jeff Seay in the upcoming June Municipal Election for Ward II, first was elected to the Board of Alderman in 2016 and ran unopposed for a second term in 2018.