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KEARNEY — Kearney police officer Alan Hale was charged in Clinton County with two counts of felony sodomy or attempted sodomy and one count of sexual misconduct or an attempt involving a child less than 15 years of age, according to court records.

Once the Clinton County investigation was launched, Kearney Mayor Randy Pogue said Hale was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 28 pending the investigation of allegations of wrongful acts committed in Clinton County prior to Hale’s hire date with the city as a police officer.

Based on Hale’s dutiful service as a police officer during his tenure with the Kearney Police Department, the city believed it fair to have placed him on paid leave during that time, a press release states. Since his arrest on three felony counts Friday, Nov. 13, Pogue said the city switched Hale’s status to unpaid leave as Hale is unable to perform his duties as a police officer.

According to the statement of probable cause, Hale is accused of assaulting three children ranging in age from 8 to 11 at the time of the crime between January 2002 and December 2005. The alleged crimes were committed at a residence near Cameron in Clinton County, where the children were in Hale’s custody, according to the statement of probable cause.

On Friday, Nov. 13, the Missouri State Highway Patrol served Hale, living in Kearney, with Clinton County arrest warrants.

According to court records, Hale appeared in front of a judge via video with his attorney. Hale waived arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty.

After consideration of the arguments made at initial appearance, the court amended the bond to $25,000. Hale was fitted with GPS monitoring and cannot leave Kearney city limits of Kearney except to meet with his attorney or supervision services. If Hale violates any of these conditions, it will result in rearrest. Hale is due to appear again in court Dec 22.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at sean.roberts@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6606.​

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