McLeansboro Man Charged with Juvenile Sexual Grooming

McLeansboro Man Charged with Juvenile Sexual Grooming

MT. VERNON (WMIX) – A 28-year-old McLeansboro man is in the Jefferson County Jail on allegations of juvenile sexual grooming.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, 28-year-old Garrett S. Biggerstaff of McLeansboro was arrested on the warrant for two counts of Grooming, with bond set at $150,000.

Officials said in September 2022, the Benton Police Department received information from a juvenile claiming to be the target of some form of sexual exploitation.

Officers handling the complaint in Benton contacted detectives from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and a coordinated investigation begun. The investigation resulted in a search warrant at Biggerstaff’s home.

Reports said evidence was collected and examined by the sheriff’s office member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. From this work, a second juvenile victim was identified.

The completed investigation was turned over to the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office. The case was reviewed and arrest warrants for Biggerstaff were issued Wednesday in Jefferson County Court.

Jefferson County detectives, with the assistance of the McLeansboro Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service served the arrest warrant on Thursday.

Biggerstaff was transported to the Jefferson County Jail and booked in on the felony charges.

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