Local deputy faces sex charges

name2Maxwell F. Blanchard, a 41-year-old Belton man, was charged with second-degree statutory sodomy, a Class C felony, last Wednesday in Jackson County. Blanchard, who was identified as a Cass County Sheriff’s deputy at the time of his arrest, was terminated from his position August 5, the day of apprehension.
Court records indicate that police were notified of his illegal behavior when the girl’s mother found sexually explicit text messages on her daughter’s phone.
The girl, who remains unidentified, later spoke to police and confessed that Blanchard had inappropriately touched her. The inappropriate actions took place in Blanchard’s home in Belton after his family and the girl’s family returned from a trip to Lake Pomme de Terre.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker is the special prosecutor for this case. Cass County Prosecutors would not take the case since Blanchard was a County deputy.

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