Sex crime investigations yield three Callaway County arrests

Three suspects charged with combined 15 sex crimes

FULTON, Mo. - Callaway County authorities arrested three mid-Missouri men after an investigation into sex crimes against children.

Tommy Smith Jr., a 34-year-old resident of Jefferson City, was indicted May 2 on three felony counts of first degree statutory rape and three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy.

Smith was arrested in Jefferson City and is being held in Callaway County without bond in accordance with an order by Judge Kevin Crane.

Smith was scheduled for arraignment in Callaway County Monday.

Court documents said all the crimes occured between 2014 and 2017, except for one count of rape that allegedly occured between 2011 and 2013, 

Marvin Ridgel, 48, is a New Bloomfield resident indicted by a Callaway County grand jury on the same day as Smith on two felony counts of first-degree statutory rape.

Ridgel was arrested in Fulton and is being held on a $50,000 bond.

An arraignemnt was scheduled for Monday morning in Callaway County.

Court documents said the crimes occured between 2012 and 2013.

Jarrad Vandergrift, 37, also of New Bloomfield, was charged Thursday by Callaway County's prosecuting attorney with three counts of felony child molestation, three counts of statutory sodomy and one of statutory rape.

Deputies arrested Vandergrift near New Bloomfield and the county is holding him without bond in accordance with Judge Carol England's order.

A June 7th hearing is scheduled for Vandergrift's case.

Court documents said three of the crimes occured between 2009 and 2011, one of the crimes occured between 2010 and 2012 and two of the crimes occured between 2017 and 2018.




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