Blackwater man charged in kidnapping, rape case

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

A Blackwater man faces nearly a dozen separate charges, seven of them felonies, following the kidnapping of a Marshall woman.

Steve Thomas Sites, 42, was taken into custody over the weekend by officers of the Morgan County Sheriff's department after the woman was able to escape and contacted police in Laurie, near the Lake of the Ozarks.

The woman was a former acquaintance of Sites and had been issued an order of protection from him. In the days prior to her abduction she had reported to police that Sites was following and harassing her.

Court records indicate that the woman was asleep at the time Sites entered her home. She told authorities a noise woke her and she found Sites had put a handcuff on one of her wrists. The woman said she struggled with Sites, attempting to stab him with a pair of scissors.

The woman told authorities that during the struggle Sites told her he intended to kill her because he was going to jail because of her and "it doesn't matter anymore." Sites was eventually able cuff the woman's other hand and led her from her house to a waiting vehicle. The woman said Sites drove them to a cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks. She told authorities she was sexually assaulted there.

The woman told authorities she was able to escape after Sites had taken her to a drive-in dinner. On the way back to the cabin, Sites left her partially bound in his vehicle while he went into a grocery store. She said that Sites left the keys in the vehicle and when a sport utility vehicle blocked his view of the car, she was able to move to the driver's seat and get away.

The woman called authorities from a nearby gas station.

Following a review of police reports relating to the incident, Saline County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney James P. Barton filed indictments charging Sites with felony armed criminal action, class A felony forcible rape, class B felony burglary in the first degree and two counts each of class B felony kidnapping, class B felony domestic assault in the first degree, class A misdemeanor harassment and class A misdemeanor violation of an order of protection.

Sites is currently being held in the Saline County Criminal Justice Center and is next scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on Aug. 21.

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