A St. Charles man has been sentenced to four years in prison after faking his death to avoid being blackmailed in a child sexual abuse case.
Forty-six-year-old Raymond Avett pleaded guilty Monday to concealing a felony.
Prosecutors say Avett was blackmailed by his girlfriend, Jennifer L. Callaway, so she would not report the alleged sexual abuse of a 6-year-old girl. Police say Avett gave Callaway his home, vehicle, boat and life insurance.
Avett disappeared in June 2013, after leaving suicide notes. He was later found in Maryland.
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KMOV reports that Callaway was sentenced to five years’ probation in January for concealing a felony.
St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar says Callaway’s blackmail prevented his office from properly investigating the alleged sexual abuse case.
| The Associated Press