A Marshfield pastor faces a felony charge after he allegedly inappropriately touched a Walmart employee and allegedly admitted to doing it.
Phillip Kittrell, 76, of Marshfield, is charged with a Class D felony of sexual misconduct in the first degree. Kittrell has been charged with sexual misconduct before, pleading guilty to a Class A misdemeanor of sexual misconduct in the first degree in 2007 in Webster County. He had been sentenced with two years of unsupervised probation, counseling and a suspended execution of sentence of one year in jail, according to online court records.
A warrant was issued for Kittrell’s arrest on Tuesday, but he has not been taken into custody as of press time today.
At about 5:20 p.m. on March 5, a Lebanon Police officer was dispatched to Walmart for a report of sexual misconduct. An 18-year-old male employee told the officer that Kittrell had walked up to him, started talking to him and then allegedly grabbed his genitals. The employee claims that the man had made “other sexual comments” toward him in the past, but had never touched him before, according to a probable cause statement released by the Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.
According to another Walmart employee, the incident was caught on surveillance footage and was released to the LPD.
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