Columbia man accused of child molestation
COLUMBIA - Boone County sheriff's deputies arrested a Columbia man Wednesday morning after he was accused of fondling a 9-year-old girl.
Boone County Sheriff's Department Det. Tom O'Sullivan said he received a report on Aug. 3 in which the victim said 35-year-old Joshua Coates was tickling her and touched her genital area while the two were in a moving vehicle.
The report was filed after a child advocacy center conducted a forensic interview with the victim June 20.
Sullivan said Coates admitted to tickling the victim but denied touching her genital area.
The probable cause statement said Coates is also a suspect in the sexual assaults of two other girls in Boone County.
Coates was being held at the Boone County Jail Thursday on a $50,000 bond.