A Rolla man was charged with nine counts related to child molestation, following an investigation that began well over a year ago.
The Rolla Police Department’s Division of Criminal Investigations initiated an investigation on Mar. 24, 2016, into a report of a series of child molestation incidents that allegedly occurred between Jan. 15, 2015, and July 12, 2015.
Throughout the course of the investigation, it was discovered three children, who according to a release issued by the Rolla Police Department were all under the age of twelve at the time of the incidents, were the victims. The children reportedly disclosed multiple incidents of sexual abuse conducted by a known family acquaintance. The incidents of sexual abuse reportedly occurred at a residence in Rolla and in St. James.
Due to the investigation, Cregg A. Snyder, age 50 of Rolla, was identified as the perpetrator in each of the incidents. And on Nov. 14, 2017, Snyder was indicted by a Phelps County Grand Jury on the nine counts related to sexual conduct with a child.
The actual charges are nine counts of first degree statutory sodomy, a felony charge.
Following the indictment, Snyder was arrested on a warrant from the Circuit Court of Phelps County on Nov. 20, 2017. The warrant listed each of the nine charges and Snyder remains incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
Snyder has a case review scheduled for Dec. 5, 2017. The Rolla Police Department reminds readers that evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a “court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.”
This case will be going to a grand jury.  Grand jury proceedings are sealed, as are the records and information presented in them. Different from a traditional jury, the grand jury works to decide whether there is enough probable cause to pursue criminal charges, rather than deciding whether a person is guilty or innocent. Grand juries hear the evidence straight from prosecutors. These juries replace regular preliminary hearings, and more often employed to keep sensitive information private.
The Rolla Police Department requests anyone with any information regarding this case to contact Detective Sergeant Hank Harper with the Rolla Police Department’s Division of Criminal Investigations Unit at (573)-308-1213. Residents can also remain anonymous by calling the Rolla Police Department’s Confidential Tip Line at (573)-364-0111.