FREDERICKTOWN — A preliminary hearing is being held Monday for an eastern Missouri police officer and Boy Scout leader accused of sexually assaulting two boys.
Kenneth Tomlinson II was the highest-ranking officer in Fredericktown when he was arrested in January and charged with 16 counts of sodomy.
Fredericktown is a community of 4,100 residents about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.
The boys told authorities that the abuse began last spring. One boy is 12, but was 11 at the time. The other boy is 14.
A probable cause statement from the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Tomlinson admitted having sex with the boys and videotaping some of the acts. The statement said Tomlinson and the boys viewed the video on the camera screen, then he destroyed the recordings.