Daily American Republic
A Stoddard County judge ordered court documents sealed Saturday in the arrest of three Dexter residents on sex-related charges involving a child. James Mylon Ballard and Paula Anna Ballard, both 41, and Samuel Matthew Poe, 30, were booked Thursday at Stoddard County Jail. James Ballard was charged with two counts first-degree statutory rape, first-degree child molestation involving a weapon and tampering with a victim. There is no bond set for Ballard. Paula Ballard is charged with tampering with a victim and has a bond set at $7,500 cash but remained in jail as of Saturday. Both Ballards live at the same Dexter address, according to court documents. Poe is charged with two counts of second-degree statutory rape and one count of second-degree statutory sodomy. Judge Joe Satterfield issued an order Saturday morning that the probable-cause statements for all three suspects be closed and made a confidential court record. This is due to the involvement of a child as the alleged victim. The statements contain detailed and graphic descriptions of the alleged sexual offenses against the child.
Paula and James Ballard are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Stoddard County. Poe is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Stoddard County.