Neosho man's sexual assault charge dismissed

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Jul. 11—The Jasper County prosecutor's office has dismissed a sexual assault charge filed on a Neosho man in February following an incident at a warming center for the homeless in Joplin.

Keanan K. George, 24, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday in Jasper County Circuit Court on a count of second-degree sodomy. The charge was dismissed when the alleged victim failed to show up to testify against the defendant.

George was accused of sexually assaulting a woman with his hand while she was asleep Feb. 26 at a warming center on West Junge Boulevard. The defendant told police that the contact had been consensual.

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe.