Sheriff: Man accused of rape arrested after victim's father found notes

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Handwritten notes, disclosing a sexual relationship between a minor and a man more than twice her age, led to the arrest of a Lincoln County man, officials said.

The notes, according to a statement released by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department's, were found by the father of the girl, described as being under the age of 14, father.

John Lance Stover, 37, is charged with two felony counts of first-degree statutory rape. Stover is currently in custody at the Lincoln County Jail under a $100,000 cash-only bond.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said Stover was investigated by detectives back on Feb. 22. The detectives were investigating a possible child rape case after the teen's father found the notes, which were allegedly written by Stover.

According to a forensic interview with the victim, Stover allegedly provided the victim with marijuana and alcohol. The victim would receive the items from Stover inside his home in Troy, Mo.

Officials said the victim revealed that she and Stover engaged in sexual intercourse several times.

The sheriff's office said Stover told detectives he had not seen the victim in approximately three years. However, Stover admitted to detectives that he engaged in a sexual relationship with the victim, knowing she was a minor.

Under conditions of his bond, Stover is not allowed to have contact with the victim or her family. Stover is also forbidden from having unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 17.

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