A 21-year-old Lee’s Summit man has been charged in connection with inappropriate sexual contact with an underage girl.
Colby Lee Thornton of the 600 block of S.E. Browning in Lee’s Summit was charged April 3 in Jackson County Circuit Court with two counts of first degree statutory sodomy with a victim under the age of 14.
According to a probable cause statement, Thornton allegedly digitally penetrated the victim and kissed her up to five times at the victim’s home she shares with her parents and Thornton and his siblings. The mother told investigators that Thornton and his siblings were considered her foster children and that the siblings had lived at the family’s home permanently for three years before she ordered Thornton to leave the home after finding out about the alleged sex acts, which took place in May of 2012.
The victim told her pastor about the incident, who reported it to the Division of Family Services Child Protection hotline, which on March 26 of this year had a case worker question the victim, as did members of the Lee’s Summit Police Department. The victim told investigators about the sexual acts and added he forced her to also touch him in addition to the kissing.
Thornton was questioned by investigators on April 3 and admitted he was watching a movie with the victim in his room while other people in the house slept and the two cuddled together before Thornton put his hands down her pants and touched her. Thornton also admitted to investigators that he and the victim rubbed each other for about 10 minutes, and stated he was about 19 or 20 years of age when it happened and the victim was 12 or 13.