High school security guard charged with sexually assaulting student

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HARRISONVILLE, Mo. -- Police have charged a high school security guard with two counts of statutory sodomy after he allegedly assaulted a 16-year-old girl on at least two separate occasions.

James A. Saltkill
James A. Saltkill

On Tuesday, Cass County prosecutors charged James Anthony Saltkill, 25, who worked as a security guard at Raymore-Peculiar High School, with two counts of statutory sodomy after he was accused of being involved in multiple sexual offenses with a minor.

According to court documents, the Peculiar Police Department interviewed the 16-year-old girl, along with her mother, who claimed Saltkill had touched her inappropriately on both the outside of her clothing as well as underneath after taking her to his residence.

The following day, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Saltkill, who admitted to picking up the teenaged girl on three separate occasions. Deputies said the defendant told them he was attracted to the girl and had been actively “courting” her. He also admitted to kissing the girl and possibly touching her over her clothing on at least one occasion after taking her to his house, however he denied ever touching her under her clothing. Saltkill told deputies that he and the teen had discussed her age, and because he knew she was 16, refrained from going any further.

That same day Child Protective Services interviewed the victim, who said Saltkill had picked her up and drove her around the Belton and Raymore areas, until he proceeded to park his vehicle behind a local grocery store. There the victim said the defendant and her began kissing. She said Saltkill then pulled her onto him, where he touched her inappropriately, despite her asking him to stop. She claimed he also placed her hand on him in an inappropriate fashion as well, but after she pulled away from him, he took her home.

According to the probable cause document, the girl said the day following the incident in the grocery store parking lot, Saltkill and his girlfriend picked her up from school and drove to his home. There she said he proceeded to kiss and touch her, while they lay on his bed together. She claims Salthill proceeded to touch her underneath her clothing, and attempted to get her to touch him inappropriately, but said she refused.

On Tuesday, FOX 4 spoke with another student at the high school who said she had at least one encounter with Saltkill which left her feeling uncomfortable.

"He creeped me out. The way that he approaches you especially when he comes up to you, he's kid-of a close person, doesn't know personal space," said Jacine Pugh, a senior at Ray-Pec High School.

Pugh says she warned the administration about Saltkill after an encounter she had with the then security guard over a campus parking ticket.

"I told them it was kind-of creepy and they didn't really say anything about it," she said.

Raymore-Peculiar School District provided FOX 4 with this statement regarding the incident:

“Raymore-Peculiar District staff members were informed of concerns about a high school security officer. The District immediately began to investigate the concerns.

Information gleaned in the investigation resulted in the involvement of the Peculiar Police Department and Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The District cooperated with and supported the investigation by local law enforcement agencies.

The alleged illegal activity did not take place on school property.

The District contracts with Command Security for security officers at Ray-Pec High School and Ray-Pec East Middle School.”



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