On Monday, June 10, a Linneus, Missouri man was arrested on child sexual exploitation and statutory sodomy charges.
The investigation is a result of a joint investigation between the Kirksville Regional Cyber Crime Task Force and the Boone County Sheriffâ€™s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force.
This investigation began in Mid-May 2013 when the Kirksville Task Force received a complainant the suspect had been having a sexual relationship with a minor male. After conducting several interviews the Kirksville Task Force along with the Linn County Sheriffâ€™s Department served a court ordered search warrant at the suspectâ€™s residence in Linneus, Missouri. As a result of that search the Kirksville Cyber Crimes Task Force seized several items of electronic evidence. During subsequent examination of the electronic evidence, several sexually graphic photographs of a 13 year old boy were located including a photograph of the suspect engaging in sexual conduct with the minor.
A Kirksville Task Force Detective located the boy in the photographs who indicated they were taken in a State Park north of Columbia during the spring of 2012. Subsequently the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force was contacted. A Boone County Cyber Crimes investigator working with area Missouri State Park Rangers identified a location in Finger Lakes State Park as where the photographs were taken.
On Monday, June 10, 2013 investigators with the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Kirksville Regional Cyber Crimes Task Force, and the Sullivan County Sheriffâ€™s Department contacted the suspect at his place of employment in Milan, Missouri where he was arrested without incident. Boone County Task Force investigators transported the suspect back to Columbia where he remains in the Boone County Jail pending the filing of formal charges.
The suspect is identified as 53 year old Gary D. Foster of 312 East Clay Street, Linneus, Missouri. The suspect was arrested for the suspicion of the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Statutory Sodomy in the 1st Degree.
The Boone County Sheriffâ€™s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Boone County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the University of Missouri Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
This project is supported by funding made available through the State of Missouri
and administered by the Missouri Department of Public Safety.
The Boone County Sheriffâ€™s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force is part of the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is and supported by funding made available through MO ICAC from the US Department of Justice-
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.