Changes are likely coming to the sexual abuse laws of Illinois, right across the river from St. Louis, Missouri. The Illinois General Assembly has passed legislation to broaden the scope of the state's law requiring certain persons to report suspected child sexual abuse.
A Florissant, Missouri, man who worked as a high school tennis coach and substitute teacher has been indicted in federal court in St. Louis, Missouri, for allegedly engaging in Internet pornography crimes.
Police say that a St. Louis, Missouri, area man committed sexual abuse against a school-age child more than two decades ago. The man, now 83, was arrested and charged with five counts of sodomy. According to police, the alleged victim, who was between the ages of 5 and 9 at the time the alleged abuse occurred, made a report to investigators in December. Authorities said that the alleged sex offenses happened between 1987 and 1991, when the man's wife had been the boy's babysitter.
A 24-year-old male psychiatric patient of a Creve Coeur, Missouri, hospital was arrested after a female patient there claimed that he raped her at the facility. The female patient, 19, told police that the rape occurred in a "quiet room" adjacent to a lounge on the floor where the hospital's behavioral health program is located. Police said that the two were being supervised in the lounge when they left separately. They were later found together in the quiet room, according to police.