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Union, MO man charged with raping 8-year-old girl, forcing her to take meth

Brett Pendleton, 48, of Union, MO is charged with Statutory Sodomy with a person less than 12 years old and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. (Credit: Washington, MO Police) Brett Pendleton, 48, of Union, MO is charged with Statutory Sodomy with a person less than 12 years old and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. (Credit: Washington, MO Police)
WASHINGTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A Union, Missouri man has been charged with raping an 8-year-old girl and forcing her to take drugs in a motel room.

A grand jury indicted Brett Pendleton, 48, on one count of first degree child molestation, two felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three felony counts of statutory sodomy with a person less than 12 years old.

He is scheduled to appear in front of a Franklin County Circuit Court judge later this week.

Washington, Missouri police said on Jan. 1, Pendleton rented a room at the American Inn on East Fifth Street with an 8-year-old female.

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Police said the girl's mom visited with Pendleton and the girl in the evening. The girl asked her mother to speak privately with her in the bathroom. While in the bathroom, the girl showed her mom her body, saying she was afraid she was hurt by Pendleton.

The girl told police that Pendleton made her engage in several different types of sexual acts. She also said Pendleton forced her to eat methamphetamine, smoke marijuana and smoke cigarettes.

The girl's mom then took her daughter to Mercy Hospital and filed a police report.

Police said when officers went to the motel, Pendleton was driving away in his vehicle. Police arrested Pendleton during a traffic stop.

Police obtained search warrants for Pendleton's vehicle and the motel room. Evidence was discovered and collected from the room that matched the 8-year-old's claims.

Police said Pendleton admitted to committing sexual acts and having sexual contact with the girl. He also admitted to rolling meth in toilet paper and feeding it to the girl.

Pendleton's cash-only bond is set at $250,000.

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