The Emergency Management Director of Licking has been charged with first-degree child molestation.
A detective with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says Ryan Ferguson, 25, admitted in an interview that he touched a twelve year old girl in her "bad spot" and taught her to mimic the motions of sexual intercourse over 15 times from June to December of 2008.
In several interviews with detectives, Ferguson admitted that he purposely touched the girl through her clothing several times, and at least one time when she was naked in the bathtub. He also told detectives that he, "fantasized about having sexual intercourse" with her.
Formal charges were filed on Thursday by Texas County prosecutor, Mike Anderson.
The range of punishment on first-degree child molestation is five and fifteen years.
Ferguson graduated from Licking High School in 2002, and according to the mayor of Licking, Ferguson's position as Emergency Management Director is on a volunteer basis.
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