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Bowling Green man pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Christopher Hensen, of Bowling Green, is facing four criminal charges after authorities allege that he raped a woman at his apartment in Bowling Green.

 

By Ethan Colbert

bgted@lcs.net

A Bowling Green man facing four criminal charges, including second-degree rape, waived his right to a formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty on Monday.

According to court officials, Christopher Hensen, 22, of Bowling Green, will return to the Pike County Courthouse for a hearing at 9 a.m. on March 11, 2019.

As was previously reported by the Times, Hensen has been charged with second-degree rape, second-degree statutory rape, second-degree sodomy, and second-degree statutory sodomy.

All of the charges are Class D felonies.

If found guilty of these crimes, Hensen could be sentenced to up to 7 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections or one year in the county jail per charge. The court could also order Hensen to pay a monetary fine.

According to a probable cause statement filed in the case, in late October 2018 officers with the Bowling Green Police Department were dispatched to an apartment on West South Street in Bowling Green to investigate an alleged assault.

Once at the apartment, the alleged victim told authorities that Hensen had raped her and had sexually assaulted her.

Later that day, authorities questioned Hensen.

In that interview, Hensen reportedly acknowledged that he had intercourse with the victim.

As the case involves sexual assault, authorities with the Bowling Green Police Department and the Pike County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office are not releasing the alleged victim’s name.

On October 28, 2018, a warrant was issued for Hensen’s arrest.

Hensen is being represented in the court proceedings by Grant William Wobig, an attorney with the 45th Circuit Court Public Defender’s Office. The 45th Circuit includes both Pike and Lincoln counties.

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