Cape Girardeau Businessman Facing Several Sex Crimes

A Cape Girardeau business owner faces many charges in connection to sex crimes against a juvenile. The businessman was identified as Ronald Braden. The charges he faces include rape, child molestation and more out of Bollinger County. The charges were filed in July. On July 18, 2019 officials were informed that a female juvenile known to Braden came forward with information about sexual acts that occurred between Braden and herself. Officials say, two separate interviews occurred in Cape Girardeau, Missouri pertaining to this investigation. They say, the first was on Monday, July 22 and the second interview was on Tuesday, July 30. These incidents allegedly occurred between 2018 and 2019. In addition, Braden is accused of similar incidents with the same juvenile in the state of Missouri. Court documents said those incidents are said to have occurred within Poplar Bluff, Cape Girardeau, Saint Charles and at an area fire department at which Braden serves as a volunteer. Officials also said incidents occurring in Poplar Bluff happened when the juvenile was 14 and an incident in Cape Girardeau occurred at the end of 2018 at the business Braden owns. Officials said they noticed one room in disarray with all windows open and a fan used for ventilation. Bedding had also been removed from the bed. Officials said due to the large amounts of money found and Braden’s out of state access, it is possible Braden could be a flight risk. No bond has been set for Braden at this time. Both pleaded not guilty.

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