KAHOKA, Mo. — Kahoka Police Chief Steve L. Edlen was fired last week after he was arrested July 21 in Chillicothe in connection with an Internet chat room drug and sex sting.
Edlen, 51, was arrested after showing up for a meeting he set up with an undercover Livingston County Sheriff's Department deputy, authorities said. He is lodged in the Livingston County Jail on $50,000 bond after being charged with possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute and attempted sexual intercourse with an animal.
In Clark County, Edlen has been charged with one count of burglary, one count of stealing and one count of tampering with evidence. Clark County Prosecutor Scott Summers said the charges stem from allegations Edlen took marijuana from the Kahoka Police Department evidence room.
"At this point, there's still a lot of disbelief," Summers said.
According to a Livingston County Sheriff's Department statement of probable cause, Sheriff Steve Cox said he was performing an undercover investigation of an Internet chat room on July 11 when he received an unsolicited instant message.
Cox said the message came from a man describing himself as a deputy from Clark County in his upper 40s. After making contact with the man, Cox said he viewed the man doing a sexual act on the man's Web camera.
A meeting was arranged in Chillicothe July 21, Cox said. An undercover female deputy, accompanied by a dog, met with Edlen, who said he'd brought marijuana and described various sex acts he wanted to perform with the male dog, Cox said.
The man was arrested and identified himself as Edlen. Officers found about five grams of marijuana on Edlen, Cox said.