The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Benjamin L. Roderick, 30, of Fulton, Missouri, on Thursday, July 2, 2020, for attempted statutory rape and sodomy. The arrest was the result of an investigation into his alleged sexual communication with a juvenile. The investigation was conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control, Stover (MO) Police Department, and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
Roderick was arrested at his residence, located on 9th Street, in Fulton, Missouri. The Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Roderick with attempted statutory rape-second degree and attempted statutory sodomy-second degree. He is being held at the Morgan County Jail, with a bond of $50,000.
The Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages Internet users to promptly report to the Patrol or local law enforcement anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate, or sexualized communications with children.
The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.