An Otterville man already serving a prison sentence for molesting a young girl was charged again last week with allegations he molested another young girl.
Larry Duckworth, 50, of Otterville, is charged with first-degree child molestation for allegedly molesting a 4-year-old girl at his home in December 2008.
The victim told an adult at school about this incident this April, and they reported it to Otterville Police , who then interviewed her parents, Chief William Smith said.
Smith was familiar with Duckworth. When he was a detective with the Cooper County Sheriff’s Department in 2013, Duckworth admitted to Smith that he molested a 9-year-old girl in 2006, Smith said.
That girl told the Blue Springs Police Department in February 2007 about the assault at Duckworth’s Otterville home and the department alerted the Cooper County Sheriff’s Department, according to a probable cause statement Smith wrote in 2013.
A former department detective failed to follow up on the report, and it fell to Smith as a cold case in 2013, he said. Smith re-interviewed the victim, then 16, and what she said was consistent with the interview she gave in 2007, he wrote.
Duckworth agreed to take a polygraph test, which he failed, Smith said in an interview. After he failed the test, he admitted to molesting the girl multiple times, according to the probable cause statement.
Duckworth pleaded guilty to first-degree child molestation and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in May 2015. He is currently incarcerated in the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green.
On Monday, Cooper County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Phelps filed charges against Duckworth for the 2008 incident. Duckworth faces a sentence of 5 to 15 years if convicted.
Duckworth also pleaded guilty to a 2013 charge of sexual misconduct involving a child under 15 years old in Pettis County. Duckworth was sentenced to 270 days in jail for that class D felony, online court records show.