On Saturday, April 15, officers of the Hannibal Police Department received information of possible sexual abuse of a child. After an investigation by Hannibal Police Department detectives, who were assisted by Marion County Children's Division, Michael J. Stone, 43, of Hannibal, was arrested and placed on a 24-hour hold at the Marion County Jail.
Stone was arrested without incident and charged with first-degree sexual abuse or a minor under age 14, a class B felony.
A warrant was issued by the Circuit Court of Marion County on April 15, charging Stone with sexual abuse of a minor.
According to a probable cause statement, Stone, between the months of September and October 2016, allegedly forced his female victim — to whom he was related — to perform sex acts on him and also allegedly groped his victim.
"Even though the disclosure involved contact that allegedly occurred in 2016, due to the seriousness of the charges, it was necessary to have the suspect detained immediately," said Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton.
Clayton said his office will likely file additional charges against Stone.
Stone's bond was set at $100,000 cash only. He remains in the Marion County Jail. An arraignment in associate circuit court is set for April 21.