Troy, Mo. - The Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged a local man with sex crimes involving a minor.
According to a probable cause statement from the Moscow Mills Police Department, an investigation was initiated on May 11 involving a past sexual assault. During that interview, the complainant alleged Gale Dickherber, 65, of Troy, had touched her 13-year-old son inappropriately on April 25.
On May 20, the Children’s Advocacy Center conducted separate forensic interviews with the victim and the victim’s sister. The victim had disclosed the abuse to his sister, who said he should tell their mother about what happened.
The victim also disclosed a second incident from several months earlier where Dickherber touched him inappropriately. This incident happened in late January, according to the arrest warrant.
The victim’s sister said she had never been touched inappropriately by Dickherber, and had never felt uncomfortable around him.
Moscow Mills officers made contact with Dickherber at his residence at around 8:57 a.m. on May 24, and asked if he would be willing to come voluntarily for an interview. Dickherber declined, and asked for his attorney to be present.
Dickherber was charged with two counts of second-degree aggravated child molestation in which the victim is less than 17 years old but greater than four years old. The Honorable Gregory Allsberry set bond at $500,000, cash-only.
Dickherber is a Tier III sex offender after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree of a six-year-old girl in O’Fallon on Dec. 1, 1986.
“This case highlights the point child molestation is a problem in Lincoln County – and that this office takes this seriously,” Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Wood said. “This is why we put the resources in to prosecute these cases, and we will continue to prosecute these cases.”