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Teacher Charged with Sex Crime Appears in Court

A St. Joseph School District teacher who faces sex charges involving a student appeared in court for the first time Tuesday morning.

Posted: Dec. 19, 2017 11:23 AM
Updated: Dec. 20, 2017 10:32 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A St. Joseph School District teacher who faces sex charges involving a student appeared in court for the first time Tuesday morning.


Cole Charboneau, 27, was arraigned in Buchanan County court on charges of 1st degree statutory sodomy.

Charboneau has been out on a $50,000 bond. During Tuesday's hearing, the judge ordered Charboneau to not come into contact with any minors.

The Eugene Field elementary teacher was arrested and charged Friday after an investigation into the allegations. He has since been placed on unpaid administrative leave by the school district.

According to court documents, Charboneau allegedly had sexual contact with the child. The probable cause statement also accused Charboneau of kissing the child and showering with the victim.

Court documents allege the crimes took place on multiple occasions between August 1, 2015 and February 1, 2017 at Charboneau's home. Court documents state the victim was under 12-years-old.

A preliminary court hearing for Charboneau was set for January 25th.

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