Police Search for Former County Leader Accused of Sex Crimes

Police Search for Former County Leader Accused of Sex Crimes
By: CJ Cassidy

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - A manhunt is underway for a former Butler County leader, now facing child sex charges

Police say 60-year-old John Dunivan sexually abused an 11-year-old girl several times in Poplar Bluff, Ripley County, and even in a motel in Jefferson City.

Court papers say a 12-year-old girl claims to have been sexually abused as well.

Dunivan's wife, Caroline, said she wants people to remember the two little girls her husband allegedly abused.

She wants Dunivan to know he's hurting the family, by not turning himself in.

She worries people will forget about the victims, because her husband was the County Clerk for 20 years; an elected offical, who people respected very much.

Folks Heartland News talked to, including a former Presiding Commissioner, say they will leave it up to the courts, before they draw any conclusions.

"I think they'll remember what they read in the paper on this incident that's occurred. And we don't know at this time just what really is going to come out of this," said former Butler County Presiding Commissioner Bob Manns.

If you have information that may help, police want to hear from you.

They say Dunivan could be driving a red 2001 Toyota Tacoma truck.