UPDATE: Child enticement suspect fired from capitol job
JEFFERSON CITY - Law enforcement arrested a former employee at the state capitol on suspicion of sex crimes involving a minor after an investigation by the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force.
The investigation started when Carter Ballman, 24, allegedly responded to a post made by an undercover decoy with the task force, who was pretending to be a 14-year-old female. According to a press release, Ballmann asked the child to sneak out of her home and requested she provide him with nude pictures.
The Task Force served a search warrant at Ballmann's house and took him into custody at his work. He was booked into the Cole County Jail on $100,000 bond.
KOMU 8 News confirmed Ballmann worked in the office of Rep. Mark Matthiesen from Maryland Heights. Matthiesen released the following statement on Wednesday:
“I am stunned and deeply concerned by Carter Ballman’s arrest and the extremely serious nature of the criminal charge filed against him. While I think it’s important to allow the legal system to determine his guilt or innocence, I have made the immediate decision to end his employment with my office. I have provided complete cooperation with law enforcement in this matter and will continue to do so going forward. Out of respect for the ongoing investigation and the legal process, I will not comment further.”