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Marshall man charged with 20 counts of child molestation, statutory sodomy

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Marshall man was taken into custody Monday evening, July 27, after allegations were made that he sexually molested three girls over a period of more than eight years, according to court documents released Tuesday, July 28.

Bond for Clifford J. Ray, 44, was set at $50,000, cash only.

Ray faces 20 counts, including six counts of class B felony first-degree child molestation, six counts of unclassified felony first-degree statutory sodomy, and eight counts of second-degree class C felony statutory sodomy.

If convicted, Ray could be sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for the child molestation charges, not less than 10 years or life in prison for the first-degree statutory sodomy charges and up to seven years in prison or up to one year in county jail and/or up to $5,000 fine for the second-degree statutory sodomy charges.

The investigation began Saturday, July 25, when a parent of the alleged victims reported the incidents to Saline County sheriff's deputies, according to a sheriff's department report.

According to deputies, the molestation occurred over a period of about 8 1/2 years, when the girls ranged in age from 8 to 16.

,em>Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.

Contact Eric Crump at marshalleditor@socket.net


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It is now May 14,2010 has Cliff went to court on any of this yet.Please let me know if anybody knows I really don't want to call his family and bring this up to them all over again.Thank You

-- Posted by mom of three girls on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 4:50 PM

Hello I was wandering if anyone can tell me what went on in court on the 9th.

-- Posted by mom of three girls on Sun, Sep 13, 2009, at 8:35 AM
Response by Geoff Rands/Staff writer:
The information will be published in our newspaper today.

Thank you

-- Posted by mom of three girls on Fri, Aug 21, 2009, at 4:07 PM

The case was continued. Next hearing is set for September 9 at 9 a.m.

-- Posted by Eric Crump on Fri, Aug 21, 2009, at 10:47 AM

I was wondering if there are any updates on his court hearing yesterday

-- Posted by mom of three girls on Fri, Aug 21, 2009, at 9:22 AM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
Our reporter was not able to attend the hearing and the online court records have not yet been updated.

Thank you

-- Posted by mom of three girls on Mon, Aug 10, 2009, at 8:13 AM

I understand that the paper can not report every little thing but I would like to know how he plead.

-- Posted by mom of three girls on Sun, Aug 9, 2009, at 11:28 PM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
I don't believe a plea has been entered. So far, it looks like court appearances have included reading of charges, reading of rights, a request for public defender services, a response from the public defender's office saying he does not qualify, a bond reduction hearing in which bond was not lowered. Next court appearance will be Aug. 19.

i wish the paper would keep everyone up to date on this awful mess like what went on at the arraignment and so forth.

-- Posted by mom of three girls on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 8:06 PM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
No newsworthy action was taken. Charges were read. The charges have already been published. We will follow the case closely.

I am totally astonished that he would ever do something like this and ashamed of knowing him for almost 20 years if he is guilty.I pray for the girls and their mom.I just pray that this isn't true so the girls won't be traumatized by this act of cruelty that has supposedly been done to them.

-- Posted by mom of three girls on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 10:47 PM

This Is Still America and muddywater has the right to say what ever he wants!!!

-- Posted by mosthonest1 on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 8:08 AM

May God put his hand on all who are affected in this situation. Even Cifford!! May he also put his hand on Muddywater. There is not one day that we dont hear from this person. Very negative!!

-- Posted by ChickieMama on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 7:15 AM

I have known Cliff for years and never thought he would ever do such a crime he has been accused of. If indeed he has, I hope he gets the full punishment deserved for such a horrible crime! I pray for the children in this. May you lean on God for strength.

-- Posted by momof3girls on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 1:37 PM

Unfortunatly child molester's don't run around with it written across their forheads. If they did, it would be alot easier to identify them and keep the children away from them!! I think they are the lowest form of life and totally ruin a childs life! I beleive in one strike your OUT! Put them away and NEVER let them out again......JUDGES!!! Everyone seems to think everyone is picking on the child molester and feeling sorry for the POOR child molester and the children have NO rights, and YES this hits a raw nerve with me because it happened to me. And YES I have had counceling. If a person does the same thing to a grownup it would be RAPE and they would be put away without just a slap on the wrist.

-- Posted by mosthonest1 on Sat, Aug 1, 2009, at 9:30 PM

You can't ask a question or say anything by this papers standards, whatever that may be. I think the editor is afraid to ask any questions. Just creampuff over the truth... Go ahead delete it!!

-- Posted by muddywater on Sat, Aug 1, 2009, at 12:04 AM

Sorry it didn't post as a link. Please check it out. Just need to know what district and put in the name.

-- Posted by tcn on Fri, Jul 31, 2009, at 11:30 PM

Ok, this will probably be deleted also but here goes...What I posted before was true but check out the link. Why would an order for protection even be considered under the child protection act? He didn't have any kids of his own at the time.

https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/cases/...

-- Posted by tcn on Fri, Jul 31, 2009, at 11:27 PM

i guess my comments werent right i also got deleted

-- Posted by natureboy on Fri, Jul 31, 2009, at 3:40 PM

muddywater, it's not just you. I posted something earlier that I know to be fact & it has been deleted.

-- Posted by tcn on Fri, Jul 31, 2009, at 12:19 PM

This is such a horrible act. This man needs help. Pray for his family and those that he has affected.

-- Posted by SemperFiToHim on Fri, Jul 31, 2009, at 12:03 PM

We have lost our Father and not even been able to grieve his loss yet now, we have this to deal with. Our hearts are shattered. We can't eat, can't sleep & our heads are spinning so fast that we don't even know if we are coming or going. Please pray for both Families involved. We are trying to lend strength & support to one another but, We need lots of help from Friends & God to make it through this.

-- Posted by pray1966 on Fri, Jul 31, 2009, at 2:57 AM

I'm really shocked.If he is quilty let justice take care of him.I will then forever be ashamed of him,may god bless those girls with the counceling they are going to need to deal with this trauma.I know their will be a man looking down on him with tears over flowing if this is true.CLIFFORD:IF YOU DID THIS BE A MAN AND TELL THE TRUTH YOU OWE IT TO THOSE GIRLS AND THE FAMILIES YOU HAVE EFFECTED

-- Posted by flinstones on Thu, Jul 30, 2009, at 11:53 AM

Editor,

Thanks again for being self centered and deleting my blog. There was nothing in it that was against your policy. But hey I forgot, you make up the rules as you go.. Thanks Again for your censorship. I believe it has gotten personal toward me.

-- Posted by muddywater on Wed, Jul 29, 2009, at 6:45 PM

I also, went to school with Clifford, and I am truly shocked that this kind of thing happened. If he s guilty than justice will be done. Bless the families and the girls, lets hope that they are doing well, and getting the help that they need to cope with this tragedy.

-- Posted by happytobefree on Wed, Jul 29, 2009, at 3:11 PM

I have known the family for years. Am friends with his Sisters could not beleive that of him.

-- Posted by sherrieriley on Wed, Jul 29, 2009, at 12:26 PM

If he is guilty without a doubt,send him to prison and let Bubba have him.

-- Posted by MBGAL on Wed, Jul 29, 2009, at 11:37 AM

I also went to school with Clifford and did hang around with his sisters.I am so surprised to read this about him,but I do know how the girls feel cause I too went through this and never told anyone.If he did do this he should be ashamed of himself.

-- Posted by nanaof5 on Wed, Jul 29, 2009, at 1:07 AM

i have knowen cliffard for a llong time never would of thought he could ever could do something like this to let you all know if he has done this he should pay for his crime i ran with one of his sisters when we was teens wow this really shocks me to read this never would of thought this wow!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by angel1968 on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 7:52 PM


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