Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hearing for former Diamond School Board member postponed

A bond hearing for former Diamond R-4 Board of Education member Johnny Russow, originally scheduled for Wednesday and then reset for today, has been postponed until 10 a.m. June 15 at the request of Russow's attorney Charles R. Rhoades, Neosho.

Russow is charged with two counts of statutory rape.

The probable cause affidavit from Newton County Deputy Mike Barnett.indicated Russow, 44,had sex with a 16-year-old twice at his Diamond home. Those are the instances that resulted in the charge, but in the affidavit, Barnett says the girl told him the two had sex in other locations, prior to the two alleged occasions at Russow's home.

Russow resigned from the Diamond School Board April 6.

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