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Former Sheriff's Office Worker Charged With Sex Crimes Against Foster Children

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PINEVILLE, MISSOURI -

A former McDonald County Sheriff's Office worker says sexual abuse allegations him are false, and he has proof to support his defense.  The McDonald County sheriff says the suspect, David Milligan, is no longer employed with the sheriff's office, as of earlier this week.  Milligan was arrested on Tuesday.  He has since bonded out.  Today, he talked to us about his defense.

MIlligan faces two felonies of sexual abuse from alleged incidents that happened six years ago.

"As far as I know, the allegations just came to light within the last year or so," says McDonald County Sheriff Mike Hall.

Hall is going off information from the Newton County Sheriff's Office.  McDonald County detectives wanted to avoid potential conflict of interest, and asked Newton County detectives to investigate.

"I believe we were contacted through the DFS through a hotline," says Hall.

Investigators say Milligan, who booked inmates into the McDonald County jail, forced two foster children in his home to inappropriately touch each other.  Court documents allege Milligan and his wife also forced the foster boy and girl, ages six and four at the time, to have sex with each other, and Milligan and his wife laughed while the sex and inappropriate touching took place.

Milligan and his wife did not want to be interviewed on camera, but told us the allegations against them are false.  They say this is revenge from a former DFS worker.

According to Milligan and his wife, the children's former foster parents warned about the kids' sexual behavior.  Milligan says he put security sensors on the kids' separate bedroom doors, and installed a video monitor outside the bedrooms to prevent anything inappropriate.

Nonetheless, Milligan says in 2012, two years after the children were placed in his home, DFS took the children away because of sexual abuse allegations.  Court documents show the foster kids themselves accused Milligan and his wife of the crimes, while Milligan says social workers coerced everything.

Milligan says he has plenty of evidence to support his defense.  The McDonald County prosecutor has been assigned this case.

Milligan says he resigned from his job with the McDonald County Sheriff's Office.  His next court date is scheduled for January ninth.  

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