Prosecutors say a St. Louis County man recruited three teenagers to become prostitutes.
Anton Morris faces multiple charges, including sexual trafficing of a child. Morris allegedly convinced three girls, aged 16, 17, and 19, to start working for him as a prostitutes. Authorities say he set the first girl with a hotel room and started offering her services as a prostitute on April 15.
Morris now sits in jail on a $100,000 bond.
St. Louis Public School officials have placed a high school teacher on leave after he allegedly had sex with a student.
Court documents say David Marler had sex with a male student at Soldan High School. Marler also allegedly gave the same student an inhalant that made him dizzy and lightheaded. Marler faces eleven charges, including sodomy, sexual contact with a student, and endangering the welfare of a child.
The school placed Marler on leave on Monday.
St. Louis Police are asking any parents who believe their kids may have been victimized by Marler to call the Child Abuse unit at 314.444.5385.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has given preliminary approval to the first overhaul of the state's criminal code since 1979.
The measure endorsed on Monday would create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors and give judges more flexibility in sentencing.
Sponsoring Republican Rep. Stanley Cox, of Sedalia, said the measure would provide more clarity in sentencing.
Democratic Rep. Rory Ellinger, of St. Louis, said the bill could have done more and reduced sentences for some crimes, But he said it was important to keep the measure non-controversial so it could pass.
The overhaul would also increase fines to reflect inflation. It needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.