by: Bryce Derrickson, Ozarks First
An Ozark man is found guilty of first-degree statutory rape on Wednesday according to Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson.
James Rankin, 44-years-old, began sexually abusing the daughter of an acquaintance when she was 12-years-old while living in Christian County.
When the victim was 13-years-old, Rankin took the victim to his place of work in Springfield and raped her.
Rankin is scheduled for a sentencing hearing for March 18, 2021, at 1:30 p.m.