Dunklin probation officer accused of soliciting sexual benefits
KENNETT -- A Dunklin County, Mo., probation officer is facing felony charges after he allegedly solicited sexual benefits in exchange for changing the client's supervision level and/or waiving supervision fees and jail detention. The man is also accused of having sexual intercourse with an offender under his supervision.
According to a release from Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder, at approximately 8:23 a.m. Wednesday, his department arrested Frederick B. Tates, a Kennett resident, and charged him with a Class D Felony of acceding to corruption.
The warrant for Tates was issued by the Dunklin County prosecuting attorney's office.
"It is alleged on or about and between the dates of Sept. 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009, in the County of Dunklin, State of Missouri, the alleged defendant, being a probation officer of the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, knowingly solicited a benefit, namely sexual intercourse in return for his violation of his known legal duty as a probation officer, namely to change the supervision level of the client and/or waive supervision fees and waive jail detention," Holder said. "Under Count II of the charges, Mr. Tates was charged with another Class D Felony of sexual contact with an offender, in that between June 1, 2009, and June 30, 2009, in the County of Dunklin, State of Missouri, the defendant was an employee of Missouri Board of Probation and Parole and knowingly had sexual intercourse with an offender under his supervision."
Tates' bond was set at $10,000, and he is to make an appearance before the Circuit Court of Dunklin County at 9 a.m., Friday.
After the booking process at the Dunklin County Justice Center, Tates posted his bond, Holder said.
The investigation was conducted by the Dunklin County sheriffs' office with the assistance of the Dunklin County prosecuting attorney's office.