For Immediate Release
April 12, 2023
A former Grain Valley police officer faces multiple felony charges after an investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol found the officer had engaged in sex acts with a juvenile in Grain Valley, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
August P. Gildehaus, dob: 2/17/1996, faces nine felony charges: Sodomy or Attempted Sodomy 1st Degree, Sexual Exploitation ofa Minor, four counts of Statutory Sodomy 2nd Degree, and three counts of Staturoy Rape 2nd Degree.*
According to court records, on March 6, 2023, the Grain Valley Police Chief asked the Missouri Highway Patrol to investigate the allegations that a Grain Valley police officer had engaged in sex acts in 2022 and early 2023 with a juvenile. The day before, Grain Valley police officers were dispatched on a report of a juvenile (under the age of 17) who was missing. The missing teen returned home and infomred parents of sexual activity with adult men. The victim identified one of the men as a police officer. When police detectives showed the victim the Grain Valley Police Department Facebook page, the victim identified the defendant. The Victim also identified during a forensic interview other identifying details of the defendant. Detectives reviewed the victim's diary and social media for evidence of the sexual activity of the defendant with the juvenile victim.
An investigation continues.
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For more information, contact:
Michael Mansur, Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile : (816) 674-3954
*Charges are only accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or pleads guilty.