Columbia man arrested in connection with 2 child sexual abuse incidents

Friday, August 30, 2013 | 1:54 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – A routine traffic stop by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper in Saline County resulted in the arrest of a Columbia man on two child sexual abuse charges.

Willie Abercrombie, 29, of 1200 Rangeline St., was arrested at 2 p.m. Thursday. He was wanted on an outstanding warrant for violating probation and parole.

According to police, Abercrombie is accused of touching an 11-year-old girl the morning of Sept. 18, 2012. The incident occurred on the 5000 block of Hatteras Drive in north Columbia.

He's also accused in an incident earlier this year. Police said that on April 7, a 14- year-old girl said she was sexually assaulted by Abercrombie. That incident took place in the 100 block of east Green Meadows Road.

Columbia Police Department Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said she couldn't provide many details of the initial arrest because police officers only began talking to the suspect when he was brought to the Boone County Jail.

The suspect knew both families, but in the interest of protecting the privacy of the victims, Stroer declined to disclose the details of Abercrombie's relationship with the victims or their families.

Abercrombie has been charged with first-degree child molestation in connection with last year's incident and second-degree statutory rape in the April incident. His bail was set at $4,500 on the statutory rape charge. Bail on the other charge had not been set.

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