Springfield man charged with statutory rape of 12-year-old

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man from Springfield has been charged with first degree statutory rape against a 12-year-old girl.

Prosecutors say it came to light in June of 2017. Authorities say Ronnie Perkins, 33, had raped her months prior.

The young girl says she was awakened by Perkins during the night, when he said he wanted to watch her play on her phone. She says that he proceeded to touch her chest and rape her.

Police followed up in 2018 and Perkins admitted to having sex with the girl-- who he admitted was ‘young,’ but that he didn’t know she was only twelve.