Nixa Man Accused of Sexual Abuse of 8-Year-Old

A Nixa man is in the Christian County jail after being accused of sex crimes against an 8-year-old boy.

Donald Dewane Whitworth, 68, is charged with three counts of Statutory Sodomy or Attempted Statutory Sodomy, Deviate Sexual Intercourse, with a person less than 12 Years Old, and two counts of first degree Child Molestation.

Whitworth could be jailed for life if convicted on all charges.

Whitworth allegedly performed sex acts on the victim and told the victim it was a “secret” that shouldn’t be talked about with anyone. Whitworth allegedly also confessed his crime to a relative.

Whitworth is being held without bond after pleading not guilty. He is scheduled for an appearance before Judge Douglas Bacon on January 7, 2020 for a bond hearing and application for a public defender.

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