Teenage tutor accused of exposing himself to 4th grade Peculiar, Mo. girl

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PECULIAR, Mo. -- A 17-year-old was charged Tuesday in Cass County with one count of sexual misconduct because prosecutors say he exposed himself to an elementary-age girl when he was at her school.

The incident allegedly took place at Shull Elementary School in Peculiar, Mo., on November 22.

Joshua Dakota Thomas is accused of exposing himself to a 10-year-old girl with whom he came in contact. Thomas tutored as part of a school sponsored program for elementary students.

When he was questioned, a probable cause statement says that he admitted to exposing himself, saying he wanted to see if he could do it and get away with it.

Thomas' bond was set at $4,000 and he was to have no contact with children under 17. No court dates have been announced yet.

The Raymore-Peculiar School District provided this statement to FOX 4:

District officials learned of the incident on Tuesday, Nov. 22, after school was dismissed for the day. A parent called to report concerns related to another student.

School officials acted immediately to contact parents and to notify the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline of the state’s Children’s Division, which referred the matter to the Peculiar Police Department for investigation.

The District is cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation. In addition, please be assured that the District is also handling the matter in accordance with the discipline policies outlined in the Raymore-Peculiar High School Student/Parent Handbook.