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9-22-10

 

Exposure charge will bring Cook to court

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

A court date is fast approaching in the case of the Platte City alderman accused of sexual misconduct.

An appearance for Charles “Cookie” Cook, 58, is set for Tuesday, Sept. 28 in Platte County Circuit Court in front of Judge Dennis Eckold at 1:30 p.m.

Cook is facing a misdemeanor charge of sexual misconduct for allegedly exposing himself to a 37-year-old woman he was giving a ride home from her workplace.

As exclusively reported in The Landmark last week, it appears Cook has hired legal representation in the case. Attorney J. Michael Murphy filed an entry of appearance with the court on behalf of Cook, and also put in a request for discovery in the case.

Cook did not appear at a meeting of the Platte City Board of Aldermen Tuesday night. It was the first meeting of the board since charges against Cook were announced on Aug. 31. Mayor Frank Offutt has said Cook indicated to him that his employer has him out of town “on assignment” and he will also be unavailable to attend next Tuesday night’s meeting.

Aldermen have the option under city code to impeach a fellow elected official, but there has been no public indication as of yet that an effort to impeach Cook is underway.