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Stranger accused of entering elderly woman's home, rubbing her foot without consent


Ronald D. Masterson, 59, West Plains, has been charged with felony first-degree burglary after allegedly entering an elderly woman's home without her permission, rubbing her foot and eating her food.

Cpl. Brent McKemie of the West Plains Police Department reported in court document took a statement from the victim, who said she didn't know the man, later identified as Masterson, who she alleged entered her home through a closed door on March 27, without announcing himself, then rubbed her foot and ate her food, both without permission. She also said told her he would be back, causing her to be frightened, McKemie reported.

McKemie noted in his statement to prosecutors the victim has physical disabilities due to her age.

After he was read his rights, Masterson refused to speak to law enforcement or answer questions, the officer said.

Masterson was arrested March 28 was held on a $10,000 bond, which he posted April 1, court records show. He has entered a not guilty plea and is set for a preliminary hearing May 21 before 37th Associate Circuit Judge R. David Ray, according to the records.

Public Defender Jack Paisley is listed as Masterson’s attorney; the case is being prosecuted by Howell County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Hutchings and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jodi Wake.