Rape investigation began with a father's suspicions - KMOV.com

Rape investigation began with a father's suspicions

FARMINGTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A 23-year-old firefighter in Farmington, Missouri faces a rape charge following an investigation that began with a father's concerns over text messages on his teenage daughter's phone.

Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker describes the text messages as "inappropriate".

Last Thursday, the victim's father, a Farmington firefighter, told the fire chief that he had concerns about text messages on his daughter's phone. The messages allegedly came from a 23-year-old volunteer firefighter's phone. The fire chief contacted police and an investigator interviewed the volunteer firefighter. During the interview, police say the man admitted he had sex with the girl when she was 15 years old.

Levi Cody Berg was charged with second degree statutory rape on Friday. He was arrested, but has since bonded out of jail.

Berg was a volunteer firefighter in Farmington for the last 16 months, according to the fire chief. Berg was also employed as a meter reader for the City of Farmington.

"At this point, we don't have any other victims that we're aware of," said Baker.

Court records, on-line, did not indicate whether Berg had an attorney. News 4 tried to reach Berg at the home address listed in public records, but no one answered the door.






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