5 family members charged with sex crimes against children, including claims of forced abortion

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LEXINGTON, Mo. - Five members of a family are charged in Missouri with sex crimes against children.
The five men arrested Tuesday are charged with several felonies, including forcible sodomy, rape with a child less than 12 years old and use of a child in a sexual performance. Allegations include bestiality and forcing an 11-year-old to have an abortion.
Authorities are searching property outside Bates City that is owned by the family.
Lafayette County Sheriff Kerrick Alumbaugh said Wednesday that authorities believe there may be a body or bodies buried on the land.

The sheriff is asking for the public's help in the investigation, saying that "there may be other victims out there."

Geographic location: LEXINGTON, Missouri, Bates City Lafayette County

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