On Monday, June 10, 2013 a Linneus, Missouri man was arrest on child sexual exploitation and statutory sodomy charges as a result of a joint investigation between the Kirksville Regional Cyber Crime Task Force and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force.
This investigation began in Mid-May 2013 when the Kirksville Task Force received a complainant the suspect had been having a sexual relationship with a minor male. After conducting several interviews the Kirksville Task Force along with the Linn County Sheriff’s Department served a court ordered search warrant at the suspect’s residence in Linneus, Missouri. As a result of that search the Kirksville
Cyber Crimes Task Force seized several items of electronic evidence. During subsequent examination of the electronic evidence, several sexually graphic photographs of a 13 year old boy were located including a photograph of the suspect engaging in sexual conduct with the minor.
A Kirksville Task Force Detective located the boy in the photographs who indicated they were taken in a State Park north of Columbia during the spring of 2012. Subsequently the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force was contacted. A Boone County Cyber Crimes investigator working with area Missouri State Park Rangers identified a location in Finger Lakes State Park as where the photographs were taken.
On Monday, June 10, 2013 investigators with the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Kirksville Regional Cyber Crimes Task Force, and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department contacted the suspect at his place of employment in Milan, Missouri where he was arrested without incident. Boone County Task Force investigators transported the suspect back to Columbia where he remains
in the Boone County Jail pending the filing of formal charges.
The suspect is identified as 53 year old Gary D. Foster of Linneus. The suspect was arrested for the suspicion of the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree.
This investigation is a prime example of law enforcement working together across Missouri for the protection of families and children and the importance and productivity of Missouri’s Cyber Crimes Task.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, the University of Missouri Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
This project is supported by funding made available through the State of Missouri and administered by the Missouri Department of Public Safety. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force is part of the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is and supported by
funding made available through MO ICAC from the US Department of Justice-Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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