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Man accused in church massacre faces new charges


Springfield, MO. – The man accused of a southwest Missouri church massacre is now also charged with sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl.

Newton County prosecutors filed the new charges today against Eiken Elam Saimon of Neosho.

Saimon is charged with second-degree statutory rape and second-degree statutory sodomy, both felonies.

He is being held without bond on three counts of murder and related charges for the August 12th shooting in a church in Neosho.

Three leaders of a local community of South Pacific immigrants from Micronesia were killed. Saimon is also Micronesian.