Mo. man arrested for rape in Owensboro

Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 11:06 AM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - A Missouri man is facing a rape charge in Owensboro.

Christopher Bertolett, 53, was booked into the Daviess County Jail Monday evening.

He’s being held on a $50,000 cash bond and is due in court Wednesday.

Owensboro Police say they began investigating after they were called to the hospital because a young girl had been sexually assaulted.

Police say the child was contacted on social media by Bertolett, and he traveled to Owensboro from Ballwin, Missouri, so he could meet her at a hotel.

“Block apps you don’t want them to have, maybe block all apps, that way they can’t have contact with people parents don’t know about. It’s not just social media, it’s video games, anything that has Wifi access,” said OPD Detective Joshua Alsip.

Officers say when they found Bertolett, he was checking out of the hotel.

Police say a search of Bertolett’s cell phone discovered images portraying the juvenile in a sexual manner.

He’s also charged with 14 Counts of Use of a Minor (U/16) in a Sex Performance and 1 Count of Prohibited use of Electronic Communication Systems to Procure a Minor for Sex Offenses.

Detectives are continuing to investigate and anyone with additional information can call OPD at 270-687-8888, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 270-687-8484.

Christopher Bertolett
Christopher Bertolett(Daviess Co. Jail)

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