A $5,000 bond has been set for former Collins Mayor Allen Kauffman, who was charged May 14 in Cole County with sexual misconduct involving a child less than 14. The incident allegedly occurred March 21, 2007, according to court records.
Kauffman, 62, who is a minister, is charged in Newton County with three counts of enticing a child, after being caught in one of Diamond Police officer Jim Murray's internet stings. Kauffman was still Collins mayor at the time of his arrest. He resigned shortly thereafter.
He has hired southwest Missouri's most prominent criminal defense attorney, Dee Wampler, Springfield, to represent him. The next pre-trial hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 9.