A Kansas City couple are facing charges after two children reported they were sexually assaulted and photographed at the couple’s home.
Jackson County prosecutors have charged Robert D. Bess, 62, with statutory rape and child molestation. Jamie Bess, 52, is charged with accessory to statutory rape and sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to court records, Robert Bess is accused of having sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 14. He is also accused of molesting a boy under the age of 14. Jamie Bess is accused of creating child pornography by recording one of the incidents with a cellphone.
The girl was a grandchild of one of the couple’s neighbors. The boy was a neighbor.
The statutory rape reportedly occurred between Dec. 5 and March 13 at the couple’s home in the 400 block of the Paseo.
The molestation allegedly occurred several times between July 28 and March 13 at the same home and at a nearby residence.