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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Two Charged with Sexual Trafficking of a Child

CHARGES FILED:

From Assistant Henry County Prosecuting Attorney LaChrisha Gray, April 8th Two Charged with Sexual Trafficking of a Child

​The Henry County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has filed sexual trafficking of a child charges against Derek B. Roberts, 41, and Kimberly O. Gray, 42, both of Clinton.

Assistant Prosecutor LaChrisha Gray is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the State of Missouri.

On March 26, 2021, after review of the allegations presented by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Assistant Prosecutor LaChrisha Gray filed twenty-three (23) felony charges against Derek Roberts, including seven counts of sexual trafficking of a child under the age of twelve in the first degree, ten counts of sodomy of a child under the age of twelve in the first degree, four counts of rape of a child under the age of twelve in the first degree, and two counts of promoting child pornography in the first degree.

On April 5, 2021, Assistant Prosecutor LaChrisha Gray filed a seventeen (17) count felony complaint against Kimberly Gray charging her with six counts of sexual trafficking of a child under the age of twelve in the first degree, seven counts of sodomy of a child under the age of twelve in the first degree, three counts of rape of a child under the age of twelve in the first degree, and one count of incest.

​The charges stem from an online investigation conducted by the Division of Drug and Crime Control of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which then led investigators to execute multiple search warrants of the home and devices of both Kimberly Gray and Derek Roberts.

​According to the probable cause statements filed in the cases, Highway Patrol investigators, through analysis of the devices, found multiple files containing what appeared to be photographs and videos of graphic child pornography, including numerous videos that appeared to have been created by the defendants involving at least one of the children of the home. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

​Each sexual trafficking of a child charge is punishable by a term of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole until the offender has served twenty-five years in prison. Because the victim is alleged to have been under the age of twelve, each of the rape and sodomy in the first degree charges are punishable by life imprisonment without the eligibility of parole until the offender has served thirty years of such sentence.

​Kimberly Gray is currently being held at the Henry County Jail on a $2,000,000 cash only bond. Derek Roberts is currently being held at the Pettis County Jail on charges of possession of child pornography stemming from this same investigation filed by the Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney, but Roberts also has a warrant in the Henry County case with a $2,000,000 cash only bond.

​Kimberly Gray is currently set for a bond reduction hearing in front of Judge Harold Dump on April 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM.