Odessa man accused of self-exposure

Authorities say he had been in contact with an undercover investigator since January.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:39 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

An Odessa man was arrested Friday after he exposed himself to an undercover detective, according to the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force.

Chad M. Clemons, 24, was arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct involving a child less than 14 years old.

The task force enlisted the help of the Odessa Police Department to arrest Clemons, who had been communicating with an undercover investigator since January. The investigator posed as a 13-year-old girl from Boone County, said Detective Tracy Perkins. Clemons contacted the investigator several times from January to June, exposing his genitals over the Internet by Web camera, she said.

The task force seized Clemons’ computer and web camera, Perkins said. Investigators will analyze the items seized to determine whether a crime was committed in Lafayette County, said Odessa Police Chief Robert Kinder.

Kinder said this was the first time the Odessa Police Department has worked with the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force.

Kinder said Clemons was released from the Lafayette County Jail after posting a $5,000 bond with the condition that he refrain from contact with anyone under the age of 18.

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