A 27-year-old man was arrested in Columbia, Missouri, on December 15. He was accused of solicitation of a minor.
A man from St. Charles has been accused of attempted sexual trafficking of a child under age 18, attempted promotion of prostitution and attempted statutory rape.
A man from Marysville, Missouri, who was scheduled to go to trial this week for his alleged participation in sexually explicit online chats with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl instead pleaded no contest to the charges. The man was in fact chatting with a St. Charles County Cyber Crime detective posing as an underage girl.
Part of the difficulty in tracking down suspects of cybercrime in Missouri or anywhere else in the country is determining jurisdiction--that is to say, when a suspect is in one state but his activities cross state lines, prosecutors are sometimes unsure where to bring charges. But a new e-crime unit is being created in California to help investigators in that state mitigate some of those issues.