New Charges for Missouri Man Accused of Imprisoning Woman for a Month, Raping Her Repeatedly

A Missouri grand jury has returned an indictment on nine charges a man accused for holding a woman captive in his basement for a month.

Timothy Haslett, 40, was arrested in October last year after a 22-year-old woman escaped his Excelsior Springs home and sought help from neighbors, as CrimeOnline previously reported. She was barefoot, wearing latex lingerie, had a metal dog collar around her neck, and appeared malnourished.

Police initially charged Haslett with rape, assault, and kidnapping, but Clay County Prosecutor Zachary Thompson announced Tuesday that the grand jury had gone further, charging him with rape, four counts of sodomy, kidnapping, and assault. He faces up to five life sentences and 36 years in prison if he’s convicted on all charges, the Excelsior Citizen reported.

“We would not be here today if not for the bravery of one woman, and the tireless efforts of the men and women of 16 different agencies,” Thompson said.

The defendant was also indicted on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly leaving unsecured firearms within reach of an 8-year-old child. Haslett pleaded not guilty on the original charges, saying they stemmed from a custody battle with his ex-wife.

When she escaped last fall, the woman claimed that Haslett had kidnapped and even killed other women, but investigators said they have not found any evidence of that.

Thompson said at Tuesday’s news conference that investigators were looking for a possible witness, Jaynie Crosdale, who “may have information relevant to the case.” He also asked other potential victims to come forward, KSHB reported.

Haslett, currently being held on a $500,000 on the initial charges, is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges on Friday. Prosecutors are asked for a $3 million bond for the new charges.

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[Featured image: Timothy Haslett Jr/Excelsior Springs Police Department]