A Perry man is facing charges of providing pornographic material to a minor child.

Ronald D. Leake, 70, was charged by Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick on Friday (May 31) with a single misdemeanor for an alleged incident on Wednesday (May 29) in Monroe City involving a woman and her 22-month-old niece.

Leake was arrested Friday by the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department. He is expected to be transported later in the day to Monroe County. His bond has been set at $5,000.

The woman told police that Leake followed her slowly on the Wednesday morning in a black Mercury Sable as she took her niece for a walk. Police allege that Leake stopped his car and talked with the woman, saying he had something for her niece.

“Leake reached into the middle console and gave (the woman’s) niece what at first appeared to be a rainbow-colored sucker,” Monroe City Police reported.

The police report says Leake asked the woman at least twice “how old her baby was and if she had any siblings. (The woman) stated that her niece had no siblings and then said bye.”

Police said that as Leake pulled away from the curb, the woman “looked at the sucker” that Leake allegedly handed to her niece and discovered that it was a graphic replica of male genitalia.

“There were no details where the sucker was from, just a barcode and a price of $3.95,” according to police.

Another man nearby told police that his granddaughter was approached by Leake about “his granddaughter coming to Leake’s residence to perform work for money and ice cream,” police reported. “(The man) advised Leake his granddaughter wouldn’t be available to come to his place.”

Police also allege that on other occasions, Leake has approached young girls asking for them to come to his place for money and other things for performing tasks at his home.

Monroe City Police said they contacted an instructor for the Missouri Highway Patrol who specializes in interdiction for the protection of children training. The instructor, police said, “advised with the behaviors that have been displayed by Leake … make him a high-risk threat to children.”

The charges against Leake carry a maximum penalty of one year in county jail.

EDITOR"S NOTE: This story has been updated to include the middle initial of Ronald D. Leake and to add Leake's booking photo from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.