Missouri state lawmaker “used his cop job to obtain sexual favors from a teenager while on duty”
A Missouri lawmaker is accused of using his former role as a police officer to obtain a “sexual favor” from a drunken teenager.
Republican State Representative Chad Perkins, 42, allegedly accepted “sexual favors from a teenage girl while on duty” when he was a cop in 2015, according to a report by a local police chief.
His boss is also accused of later trying to block an investigation into the allegations due to Perkins’ candidacy for political office.
The allegations stem from a report by Frankford Police Chief Josh Baker obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch through an open case request.
On April 19, Baker sent a note asking Missouri House President Rob Vescovo and other officials to “investigate this ongoing criminal activity” linked to Perkins.
Missouri state lawmaker Chad Perkins (left) faces allegations he used his former job as a police officer to solicit sexual favors from a teenager
Perkins has denied the allegations made against him, saying his relationship with the unidentified 19-year-old was consensual.
He also said political retaliation may have played a role in the allegations after Perkins did not endorse Baker’s wife in her race to be a Pike County assessor in 2020, a race she ultimately did. lost.
Perkins said there was no casualty. ‘There is nothing to that. It was just political sour grapes because I wouldn’t help his wife.
‘There is nothing to that. Nothing ever happened while I was on duty, ”he added. “I lead a single life. ”
But Baker wrote: “There is one thing that cannot be denied, the political motivation did not put Officer Perkins to bed with a drunk girl who should (should have) been under his protection.”
Perkins has denied the allegations made against him, saying his relationship with the 19-year-old, who has not been identified, was consensual
Perkins said Baker had no jurisdiction over the alleged incident and that the report was “designed to embarrass him.”
According to the report, Perkins, an officer with the Bowling Green Police Department at the time, was responding to a call about a drunken teenager in a city park. It is not clear whether the teenager was an inmate linked to the appeal or if she was linked to it.
Facebook messages in the report appear to show Perkins exchanging correspondence with the teenager on April 22, 2015.
“Are you working tonight?” The teen asks, and Perkins responds by saying, “No.” “
‘Drawn [sic]. A little wanted the second round, ”said the teenager. She also later told Perkins that she was wearing “nothing at all” after asking questions.
Then on April 30, Perkins sent a message saying, “I’m working today. Second round tonight.
On May 21, the teenager texted, “Thanks for throwing me under the bus.… Jay told me you showed him all the messages I sent you. We don’t know who. is Jay.
After the teenager asked for an apology, Perkins replied, “Wait. I’m trying to find the right words. Jay and I are good friends. So he and I shared a lot. He told me so. and I told him, I know it’s wrong but I’m sorry.
The allegations come from a report by Frankford Police Chief Josh Baker obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as part of a request for open cases. Right: Baker’s wife Kristen
The teenager replied, “Oh, but I’m sure you left out the part about us when you were on duty and I was drunk.” “
Perkins then replied, “I’m sorry. Let me try to catch up.
At one point, the teenager also asked if Perkins was buying her alcohol, as well as where she could find Adderall.
In October 2017, they again exchanged messages in which Perkins said he was “good all the time” when asked if it was possible to have sex “again”.
Detective Joe Minor of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office learned of the charges after receiving anonymous Facebook messages in his mailbox in September 2019.
He then wrote an email to an employee of the US Department of Justice, which was included in Baker’s report.
“The victim was a drunk young girl, the policeman on duty was a policeman from Bowling Green, Missouri,” the detective said. “Instead of doing his job at the city park, he decided to receive a sexual favor instead.”
After Perkins became a deputy in the Sheriff’s Office in Pike County, the same county he served as a police officer, an alleged attempt to block an investigation into the relationship began to emerge.
Perkins’ law enforcement license is inactive, so he hasn’t worked in the role recently.
The report documents suggest that Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte attempted to block the investigation into Perkins’ conduct, allegedly creating a hostile work environment in the process, when Minor pushed for Perkins to investigate the assault. sexual.
“Sheriff Korte informed me that he knew Perkins had had sex with [the teen]’, reads the documents from Baker’s report.
“Korte did not want me to investigate the matter further and informed me that we should” do everything possible to get Chad elected. ”
The allegations first surfaced in July 2020. A gas station worker saw two girls “showing messages between Chad Perkins and the [teen] indicating that he had sex with her while on duty as a Bowling Green Police Officer.
After Korte’s alleged blockade, Baker asked the US Department of Justice to review him, but he said the statute of limitations had expired.
Baker also exchanged emails with Sirena Wissler, the civil rights coordinator for the St. Louis office of the Department of Justice.
“As you know, this issue is sensitive and will undoubtedly be considered ‘political,’ Wissler wrote in August 2020.“ It’s complicated by the fact that we cannot be assured that the victim (as far as where there is one) will cooperate.
Nonetheless, Wissler said she would pass the information on to the FBI’s Civil Rights Division and said she would investigate the allegations.
“At a minimum, we will probably ask for the revocation / surrender of his (law enforcement) certification,” Wissler wrote. “And he has to get the hell out of the legislature. But that’s a whole different box of worms that should probably be dealt with internally or by the Missouri (Attorney General).
Perkins (left) was elected to his two-year term last year and represents parts of Ralls, Monroe, Lincoln and Pike counties
The Associated Press reports that Perkins’ law enforcement license is inactive, so he hasn’t worked in the role recently and won’t be able to do so anytime soon.
Baker’s charges went to the Pike County District Attorney, as well as state and federal investigators, the President of Missouri House, and the House Ethics Committee.
The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating the allegations and conducting a “preliminary investigation” after receiving a request from the Pike County District Attorney.
Interestingly, Perkins backed a bill this year that would make a Class E felony for a law enforcement officer to have sex with an inmate or prisoner in that officer’s custody. The bill is currently on the governor’s desk.
Perkins was elected to his two-year term last year and represents parts of Ralls, Monroe, Lincoln and Pike counties.