ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, Mo. – Authorities have arrested a former deputy with the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department accused of child sex crimes.

The former deputy, a 39-year-old Farmington man, was was booked into the St. Francois County Detention Center on Thursday.

Prosecutors are expected to charge the former deputy with attempted exploitation of a minor, according to a news release. The sheriff’s department has not yet disclosed his identity, though it says charging documents could be submitted as soon as Friday.

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“The Sheriff’s department is shocked and saddened by the nature of the allegations against this former employee and co-worker. The department will continue assisting the DDCC in any way possible to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion,” said the department in a statement via the news release.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control (DDCC) Cyber Crimes Unit assisted with arresting the former deputy.

This is a developing story. FOX 2 will update as more information becomes available.