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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Retired highway patrolman charged with assault, molestation

  • Child molestation and assault charges have been filed against a retired longtime Missouri State Highway patrolman.
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  • Child molestation and assault charges have been filed against a retired longtime Missouri State Highway patrolman.

    James D. Hall, 70, of Neosho, who served the Newton County area as a patrolman with Troop D, turned himself in to the Newton County Sheriff's Department Wednesday morning.

    Ken Copeland, Newton County Sheriff, said Hall has been charged with one count of first-degree child molestation and one count of third degree assault.

    Copeland said the two victims were under the age of 13 at the time of the incidents.

    "A few months ago, we had the parents of a child contact us about child molestation," Copeland said. "We found numerous victims under the age of 13."

    He said all of the incidents have occurred within the last two to three years.

    Copeland said Hall posted a $5,000 bond prior to turning himself in, and was subsequently booked then released.

    The Newton County Sheriff's Department investigated the allegations, then turned over their findings to Newton County prosecutor Jake Skouby. However, Copeland said because of their former working relationship with Hall, the county prosecutor's office turned those findings over to the office of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

    It was Koster's office that filed the charges against Hall.
    Hall is scheduled to appear before Dade County Associate Circuit Judge David Munton for arraignment at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Division 1 courtroom of the Newton County Courthouse.

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