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Joplin Man Convicted Of Sex Crimes


 A Joplin man has been convicted of child sex crimes.

 67-year-old Jack Hooker was found guilty in Jasper County Court on three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, one count of first-degree statutory rape, and one count of second-degree statutory rape. The victim testified that Hooker sexually assaulted her multiple times in Joplin and Webb city between 2011 and 2021. She was under the age of 12 when the abuse started.
 Hooker's sentencing hearing was set for May 1st. The jury recommends sentences ranging anywhere from 100 years to life in prison.

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