Missouri couple faces charges after allegedly sexually abusing 4-year-old child
BOONE COUNTY, Mo. – Police arrested two Jefferson City residents after they allegedly uploaded child sex abuse content onto the internet.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says they received a CyberTip report in April of 2022 from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
The NCMEC said they identified a local account that was uploading sexually explicit child pornography onto the web. Officers say they were able to trace the location to a specific residence.
Police officers executed a search warrant and discovered child pornography in the suspect’s home according to police records. As a result, officers placed 33-year-old Paul Schofield under arrest.
While the investigation continued, deputies discovered a 7-year-old within the residence. Her mother, Sara Schofield, 29, was at work during the time.
Following the arrest of Paul Schofield, a Cyber Crimes Task Force investigator continued forensic analysis of electronic items associated with the defendant.
On June 9th, police discovered videos from 2019 of Paul and Sara sexually abusing the 7-year-old, who was 4 at the time.
Police say Sara was subsequently placed under arrest and the child victim was placed in protective services
At this time, charges against Paul Schofield have been amended to include Sodomy 1st degree (Class A felony), Incest (Class E felony), and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (Class A felony).
Charges against Sara Schofield also include Sodomy 1st degree (class A felony), Incest (Class E felony), and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (Class A felony).
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
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