by Alan McArthur
A St. Joseph man was charged on Tuesday with the alleged molestation of a female city of Platte City employee.
Police say Noah S. Searcy, 26, of St. Joseph, was arrested and charged with child molestation in connection with an incident that occurred on Tuesday, June 2 around 1 p.m.
According to Richard Sayles, police chief, the incident began as a 16-year-old female employee was leaving the Platte City Parks and Recreation office along Zed Martin Street after picking up her paycheck.
According to the probable cause statement, the juvenile thought the man wanted to talk to her about how she had parked her car, but he asked her name and age. She told Searcy her name and age and she asked how old he was. They allegedly spoke for a while before he asked for her phone number and she gave it to him.
The probable cause says the juvenile was then talked into getting into the vehicle and they went to the cul-de-sac at the east end of Zed Martin near the youth building.
After parking, Searcy allegedly tried to kiss the juvenile and she pushed him away, telling him she has a boyfriend and did not want to do anything with him. Searcy then allegedly put his hand under her shirt and bra and she again pushed him away.
Searcy allegedly began to take off his pants and he grabbed her wrist placing her hand on his crotch.
She told police she then informed the suspect her aunt was expecting her at home and she got out of the vehicle. Searcy allegedly also got out of the vehicle and walked with her to her vehicle.
The young woman later walked into the police station to report the incident at 2:20 p.m., according to Sayles.
When Searcy was interviewed by police, he allegedly said he had met the girl outside what he thought was the county courthouse and she had asked for a cigarette. He told police that she got into his car to talk further, but said the only contact they had was to hug goodbye.
Searcy said they exchanged phone numbers and he attempted to text and call her after leaving the county courthouse. Searcy said he thought she was 18.
When the officer confronted Searcy with the differences in the stories, Searcy allegedly became upset and ended the interview.
Sayles said it appears that the two had never met before the incident occurred on June 2.
Searcy was in the Platte County Detention Center on Tuesday.
According to court records, Searcy appeared in Platte County Circuit Court on Tuesday, June 2 for a charge of trespassing at a casino from April 15, 2009. He was scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. last Tuesday, which is just shortly after the alleged encounter with the girl began. Searcy did not have an attorney listed as representation.
Sayles said Searcy was late to court that day because of the incident, but did show up for his scheduled hearing.
Bond on the molestation charge was set at $5,000.