Man charged after allegedly victimizing 6 year old

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Sedalia man was charged in Saline County Associate Circuit Court with two counts of unclassified felony of Statutory Sodomy in the first degree, according to a press release issued by the Marshall Police Department. He is currently being held at Saline County Justice Center.

The 19-year-old suspect, Jerome Lee Williams II, is being held on a $250,000 cash only bond.

The investigation began Friday, Jan. 6, after MPD was advised of an emergency Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline call in reference to an adult having inappropriate contact with a 6 year old, the release stated.

An investigation with MPD and Saline County Children's Division led to the identification of the suspect and that he was residing in Pettis County.

"Through cooperation with the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, the suspect was located and arrested in Sedalia" on Tuesday, Jan. 10, according to the release. "A Marshall police officer responded to the Pettis County Jail and a continued cooperative investigation with the Pettis County Sheriff's Department into this matter led to the suspect being charged ..."

An arraignment was scheduled at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, according to unofficial online court documents. If convicted, Williams faces a range of punishment of no less than 10 years incarceration to life imprisonment.

Note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.