Former police chief arrested on child sex charges

11:28 PM, Dec 20, 2009   |    comments
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Scott Uhrig

KSDK-- A former police chief is accused of sodomy and other sex crimes involving a child. He was formally charged this month, though authorities believe the sexual misconduct happened more than a year ago. At the time, Scott Uhrig still held his position as police chief in the small St. Louis County town, of St. George.

His job had been to uphold the law. Now, Uhrig is accused of breaking it. He faces charges for sexual misconduct with a child under 15.

St. George Mayor Heather Hediger says, "I had absolutely no knowledge of what was going on when he was in my employment."

Hediger is shocked. The incidents allegedly occurred back in July of 2008 several months before the city decided to dissolve their police department and fire Uhrig.

Hediger says, "The board unanimously decided without cause to terminate him. We happily employ St. Louis county police as our police department in the city of St. George."

She says there had simply been too much controversy. While Uhrig was chief, one of his officers was caught on tape seeming to threaten a driver. At the time Uhrig told NewsChannel 5, "We're here to help. We're not here for people to be afraid of."

However, back in 2000, Uhrig was forced to defend his own actions. As an Arnold Police officer, Uhrig was accused of sexually harassing a 17-year old girl during a traffic stop. State documents show Uhrig called the teen "beautiful, hot and tempting."

He allegedly asked the teen to come to his car for a "quickie."

At the time, Uhrig was put on probation, and suspended for several weeks without pay. It was not enough to prevent his eventual promotion.

The mayor of St. George says she's glad that the situation is out of her hands.

Hediger says, "If the allegations are true then I'll leave it up to the justice system to punish him to the fullest extent of the law."

The incidents allegedly occurred in Jefferson County. Authorities there call this a complicated case and say that's why it took so long for charges to be filed.

Uhrig is currently out of jail on $10-thousand dollars bond.

















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