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Sikeston man charged with molesting 12-year-old

Mart Parham (Source: Sikeston DPS) Mart Parham (Source: Sikeston DPS)

Officers have arrested a Sikeston man for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old child.

Mart Parham, 56, of Sikeston was charged with child molestation 1st degree through Scott County Court, according to Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

According to Lt. Jim McMillen with Sikeston DPS, public safety officers went to a Sikeston home on August 31 about a reported child abuse hotline call that was made. McMillen says the call was allegedly about  sexual contact between a child and an adult relative. The Missouri Children's Division assisted with the investigation, as well.

The findings of the initial investigation led to a forensic interview of the child with a trained professional. An interview then took place with the child at Beacon Health Center in Cape Girardeau, McMillen said.

Detectives say they began their efforts to find Parham after the child's interview.

Detectives found Parham on September 14 at a house in Sikeston. He was questioned and later arrested for the crime, police said

Parham was taken to the Scott County Jail on $75,000 cash-only bond.

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