CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – A Ballwin man is due in St. Louis County Circuit Court next month after being accused of inappropriately touching a minor last week at a Chesterfield business.

According to Sgt. Robert Powell, a spokesman for the Chesterfield Police Department, the incident occurred on June 16. Police did not identify the business.

Officers met with a Ballwin man at the business who reported that a stranger had touched his son, 14, in a sexual manner. The parent told police that this person approached his son and offered to give the teen a tour of the property. During the tour, the man touched the boy and showed him a nude photo.

The teen then walked away and told his father about the incident. Officers spoke with the teen and then other individuals at the venue.


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Investigators identified the suspect as Jeffrey Bell, 73, Powell said.

Chesterfield police located Bell the following day and took him into custody. Police claim Bell admitted to touching the boy and showing him the nude photo.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Bell with sexual misconduct involving a child under 15 and first-degree harassment. Bell posted a $150,000 cash-only bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 17.