CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — A Macks Creek man is charged with seven felonies, after authorities he say he sexually abused a young girl for years.
According to a probable cause statement, the girl, now 18, had first reported sexual abuse by Andrew Keith Helm, when she was 12 years old, during an interview at Kids Harbor in 2013. She told how Helm had sexually abused her, while he was in a relationship with her mother, and the document recorded her very detailed accounts of the frequent abuse. But, the document revealed, Helm told investigators in a recorded interview that she was just being malicious, and he said the only thing he could think of that might make her say that is that he got blacked-out drunk.
In 2019, the case was reviewed again, and the girl told investigators that Helm had begun molesting her when she was between 4–6 years old, according to the document. Details she gave about their living arrangements and even an article of clothing she said Helm made her wear were corroborated by her mother and/or Helm in separate interviews, according to the document. Her mother told authorities she thought some of Helm's actions may have been the result of drugs he had been taking, and she said Helm had even stopped denying the allegations when she had brought them up previously, the document revealed. When asked what she could have to gain by lying about the allegations, authorities say Helm acknowledged the girl would have nothing to gain. However, he has maintained his innocence.
Helm is charged with the following:
-4 counts of Statutory Sodomy - 1st Degree - Victim Less Than 14 Years Old (Unclassified Felony)
-3 counts of Child Molestation - 1st Degree (Class B Felony)
Unclassified Felonies carry a sentence of five years to life in prison, and Class B Felonies carry a sentence of five to 15 years.