On Thursday, the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit was notified of an investigation in Unionville, Mo. involving inappropriate messages between a juvenile female and an adult male. Witnesses reported seeing text messages exchanged between the two subjects. The adult male was identified as Unionville Police Officer David Banks, 25.
The juvenile female was identified by Unionville Police and the KRCCU. It was reported that Banks â??urgedâ?? the 14-year-old female to send nude pictures and also sent her a nude picture.
Banks was terminated from his employment with the Unionville Police Department and he left town shortly after.
A Putnam County arrest warrant was issued for Banks for Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child. He was located at a residence in Stewartsville, Mo. in DeKalb County.
A DeKalb County search warrant was issued for the residence and it was executed shortly after midnight on Friday. Banks was found at the residence and placed under arrest. His cell phone was seized as evidence.
Banks admitted to sending and receiving pornographic images to the juvenile female that he knew was only 14 years old.
David Banks is currently being held on a $10,000 cash only bond. Other charges are pending and the investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information in reference to the investigation is urged to call Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit at (660)785-6945.
The DeKalb County Sheriffâ??s Office, the Putnam County Sheriffâ??s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit all contributed to the investigation.
(Information provided by Kirksville Police Police Depart.)