Platte County man and his son charged with sexually abusing young girl

PLATTE CITY, Mo. - A Platte County, Mo., man and his son are accused of sexually abusing a young girl.

Darren L. Paden, 50, of Dearborn, is charged with two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy. His son, Anthony Paden, 25, of Bellevue, Neb., faces one count of the same crime.

According to court documents, the victim, who is now 15 years old, told investigators she was forced to perform oral sex on both suspects. The victim told police it happened with Darren Paden multiple times between the time she was 5 years old and when she turned 12 or 13.

She said she was forced to have oral sex with Anthony Paden several times over a period of a few months when she was 10 years old, according to court documents.

The victim said the oral sex with both suspects was in exchange for her being allowed to go somewhere or other "privileges."

Darren Paden admitted to having oral sex with the victim, according to court documents, though he denied it ever involved any privileges. Anthony Paden, who lived with his father when his alleged crime occurred and moved to Nebraska soon after the victim says he began abusing her, denied ever having any sexual contact with her.

To protect the identity of the victim, 41 Action News is not reporting the relationship between the suspects and the victim.

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