Missouri Sodomy Suspect Arrested Wednesday Afternoon in Piggott

SEPTEMBER 1, 2004 - Posted at 3:50 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES, MO - A 41-year-old Arkansas man suspected of sexually abusing a 10-year-old eastern Missouri boy is in custody after a month-long search.

Melvin Steagal was arrested around 2 o'clock this afternoon in his hometown of Piggott.  He is charged with four counts of statutory sodomy from incidents involving a child from O'Fallon, Missouri, in 1997 and 1998.  O'Fallon police questioned Steagal on August 2 and filed an arrest warrant.  But before deputies could execute the warrant, Steagal left the state.

Extradition proceedings are underway.  Bond is set at $100,000.

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