WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- On Wednesday we told you about a 19-year-old West Plains man facing thirteen felony charges ranging from assault to statutory rape. All of those charges have been filed since April of this year. That man - Jesse Dalton- made a court appearance Friday while a group of concerned citizens gathered outside the courthouse with signs protesting.
"This catch and release system that we have has got to stop," Sharon Walsh told KY3.
As Dalton walked in for his court appearance, he couldn't help but notice the signs being held by protesters.
Many of the people holding the signs say their lives have been negatively impacted by Dalton, who while out on bond continues to commit crimes.
They all say they want Dalton to be held accountable for his actions.
In court documents police say Dalton is a danger to the public.
"He threatened to shoot at cops and he's shot at vehicles in a rural area close to my house. I have grandchildren that I want to protect and that is not protecting them. He's been out of jail, bonded five times and he is a threat to the whole community and I don't feel he needs to be out of jail," Gayla Hammond said.
In his most recent arrest, court documents say the SWAT team raided a house where Dalton was and he had a bulletproof vest and a handgun.
Documents say he told a witnesses inside the home that he was going out in a blaze of glory and was going to take down cops with him.
"What's going to be his next step to go out in his blaze of glory. Are we going to have another mass shooting? This has got to stop," Walsh exclaimed.
"I don't want him to hurt our law enforcement. I would like to wake up the courthouse and the judges. I would like for them to understand what he's done," Penny Palmer added.
Dalton had words for the crowd after his court appearance.
"I didn't touch those kids ma'am. I swear to god I didn't," he said while being led to a patrol car to be taken back to jail.
Dalton faces charges of first degree statutory rape and 2nd degree child molestation among his other charges.
Court documents state Dalton sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl- giving her an STD back on Valentines Day.
Palmer says it all boils down to justice: justice for those he's accused of hurting and justice for those that may be hurt if he's let out of jail again.
"I would like to see justice served for what he's done and for what he's said he's going to do to our law enforcement," Palmer said.
Currently, Dalton is in jail on $200,000 bond.
He is due back in court on November 13th.