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Rape charge dropped against Festus High School senior

Rape charge dropped against Festus High School senior

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JEFFERSON COUNTY — Charges were dropped Monday against a Festus High School senior and former football player.

Jefferson County prosecutors on Oct. 9 charged Austin Anderson, 18, of Herculaneum, with second-degree rape and sodomy and accused him of sexually assaulting a teen girl at a home in June 2020.

Circuit Court Judge Timothy S. Miller dismissed the case Monday after finding that no probable cause for the charge existed.

Miller’s decision followed a hearing during which several people, including Anderson’s accuser, testified, according to Anderson’s attorney T.J. Hunsaker.

Anderson is back in classes at Festus High School, Hunsaker said.

“Mr. Anderson continues to deny the charges and is looking forward to getting back to normal high school life,” Hunsaker said.

Anderson had been a star running back for the Festus football team and was named an Athlete of the Week by the Post-Dispatch in September after running for a 90-yard touchdown against De Soto High School.

Joel Currier of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

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