Cooper County Sheriff’s deputies took a Boonville woman into custody for alleged child molestation.
A grand jury indicted Brady S. Anton, 49, on three counts of statutory sodomy, two counts of child molestation and two counts of enticement of a child. Anton was arrested after sheriff’s deputies and investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol executed a search warrant June 26 at a residence on West End Street in Boonville.
“It’s not unheard of to have female perpetrators in cases like this, but it’s definitely much rarer than men,” Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver said.
The charges stem from an ongoing investigation of reported illegal contact between Anton and underage children in the Boonville area between 2010 and 2013.
“With cases like this with underage children, the statute of limitations is significantly longer,” said prosecuting attorney Doug Abele. “If an offense occurs when a minor is underage, the statute of limitations is 30 years from their 18th birthday.”
Anton has not yet hired a lawyer, according to online court records. Her bond is set at $150,000 cash or surety and $25,000 cash only. Anton is being held in the Cooper County Detention Center.
The Boonville R-1 district confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Anton was a former district employee.
“We were notified by the Cooper County Sheriff’s Department that a former employee who resigned eight years ago from the District was being investigated regarding claims of misconduct against minors,” superintendent Sarah Marriott wrote in a statement sent to parents. “The District is fully cooperating with the investigation of the Sheriff’s Department. As the charges proceed through the criminal justice system, we will monitor the situation closely and take any further actions that are necessary. The District has a zero tolerance policy in regards to inappropriate contact by staff against minors. Safety is of the utmost importance to our District and we remain keenly focused on our commitment to provide a quality education in a safe environment for all of our students.”