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Court Documents Reveal New Information in Teacher Sex Crime Case

Cole Charboneau, 27, was arrested and charged Friday with 1st degree statutory sodomy.

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 9:30 AM
Updated: Dec 18, 2017 9:51 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Court documents have provided more information into allegations against a St. Joseph School District teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.


Cole Charboneau, 27, was arrested and charged Friday with 1st degree statutory sodomy.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Newhart said the district learned of the accusation on Nov. 17 and immediately contacted Missouri's Family Support Division.

Court documents allege the crimes took place between August 1, 2015 and February 1, 2017. The victim was under 12-years-old. Court documents show Charboneau allegedly used the victim's hand to inappropriately touch himself. The probable cause statement also accuses Charboneau of kissing the child and showering with the victim.

Court documents show the crimes allegedly happened on multiple occasions at Charboneau's home.

Charboneau was a teacher at Eugene Field Elementary. On Monday, the district announced Charboneau would be placed on unpaid administrative leave, effective immediately. Charboneau had been placed on paid administrative leave following the complaint made on Nov. 17.

The Buchanan County Sheriff's Department confirmed that Charboneau has posted a $50,000 bond and was released from jail. His arraignment is set for Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 9 a.m.

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