Allen Kauffman, 63, is facing a new charge of sexual misconduct involving a child less than 14 years old, electronic court records show.
Earlier this year, Kauffman was charged with three felony counts of enticement of a child less than 15 years old, the court records indicate.
The News-Leader missed the where part of the equation for both counties in which Kauffman was arrested. There is no mention of either Newton County or Cole County in the story. There is no mention of the fact that Kauffman resigned his office due to the Newton County allegations, and no mention that he was initially caught in an internet sex sting set up by the Diamond Police Department, something that should be in the News-Leader's files or which would easily have turned up on a Google search.
Previous stories have also noted that Kauffman is a minister, a fact that was also left out of today's News-Leader article. The newspaper might also have considered the newsworthiness of Kauffman's representation by Dee Wampler, who is probably southwest Missouri's most prominent criminal attorney.
Someone was asleep at the switch. Hopefully, the News-Leader will update this story and provide a service to its readers.
While this is by no means a complete account of the Allen Kauffman story, readers can find more information than the News-Leader provided in this post from the May 22 Turner Report.