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Joplin man pleads guilty to second-degree child molestation

He once worked at a Joplin arcade frequented by children.

Yesterday, 37-year-old Robert Buggey of Joplin pleaded guilty to a count of second-degree child molestation.

The victim in the case was the 4-year-old daughter of Buggey’s girlfriend.

Buggey was originally charged with statutory rape, two counts of statutory sodomy and providing pornography to a minor.

At the time charges were filed, Buggey worked at the Tilt Arcade inside Joplin’s NorthPark Mall.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 4th.

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