This article is compiled from the Sedalia Police Department crime reports.

Officers responded to the 1500 block of South Harrison Avenue for a warrant check on Wednesday night. Officers made contact with the suspect and checked her information with Dispatch. Dispatch revealed the suspect had a warrant for her arrest from Pettis County. The warrant was issued in January 2024, stemming from an incident in 2022, after several months of investigation. In that incident, Officers with the Children’s Division worked with Officers and Detectives with the State of Arkansas and the Arkansas Highway Patrol* concerning several allegations of child molestation. It was discovered the suspect, the victim’s mother, had sexually molested the victim with the child’s father multiple times. The suspect also had kept child pornography on her cell phone for the father (who is currently incarcerated in Phelps County) to “keep him happy.” The suspect was interviewed in December of 2023, and admitted she was manipulated into touching the child at the father’s insistence. Sarah L. Cox, 43, of Sedalia, was arrested on a charge of felony Child Molestation in the 2nd Degree (Child Less than 12 Years Old). Cox was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked on her warrant, pending a $100,000 cash or surety bond.

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Wednesday night, Officers responded to the 600 block of East 16th Street in reference to a trespassing report. Upon arrival, Officers made contact with the subject and checked her information with Dispatch. It was found she had an active warrant for her arrest from Pettis County, stemming from a charge in February of 2023. Wiser was issued an FTA because she failed to pay the fine and costs for her ticket by January of 2024. Cheyanne Marie Wiser, 22, of Sedalia, was arrested for her Failure to Appear warrant on original charges of Failure to Register a Motor Vehicle from Pettis County. Wiser transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked, and was issued a cash bond of $175.00.


Sedalia Police responded to the 1000 block of Royal Boulevard late Wednesday night for a warrant check. Officers made contact with the suspect and checked her information with Dispatch shortly after midnight Thursday morning. Dispatch advised she had a warrant for her arrest from Pettis County that had been issued on January 10th. The warrant was issued due to an incident on Halloween of 2023. At the time, Officers were conducting sex offender compliance checks. As an offender on the registry list, the Officers did not see a sign on the suspect’s door stating there were no candy or treats at the residence, as is required. Lacey Victoria Diane Rockhold, 29, of Sedalia, was arrested at the time for a charge of Failure to Comply With Halloween Related Restrictions for Sex Offenders. Rockhold was arrested again Thursday morning over the warrant, and transported to the Pettis County Jail. Rockhold was issued a cash or surety bond of $1500.


*Casenet 24PT-CR00048 carries the full Probable Cause Statement, which is referenced in this article. The child currently resides in Arkansas with other family members, where the investigation began. The events the child described took place in Sedalia.


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