Moberly business owner charged with child sex crimes

    Dale Barker of Chillicothe, the owner of a frozen custard franchise is Moberly, is charged with numerous crimes against children, including assault and multiple sexual crimes. (Livingston County Sheriff's Office)

    The owner of a Moberly frozen custard shop has been charged with assault and promoting a child sexual performance.

    According to court documents, 43-year-old Dale Barker was charged with one count of first-degree assault for allegedly using a Taser on children who were left in his care. One victim told authorities that Barker had deployed the Taser on on several children and that he kept the device in his truck. The victim, who is 13 years old, said Barker bit another child victim's genitals, making them bleed. A child victim later confirmed that Barker had bitten his genitalia so hard it bled onto the floor.

    The victim also told of Barker shooting another victim in the neck with a pellet gun, beating children with a belt, and hitting one female victim "as hard as he could" with a belt.

    One victim told police that their mother sometimes left "the boys" with Barker when she traveled to California. One victim said it was during these times that Barker made his brothers do "nasty stuff." Another girl said that on one occasion Barker hit her with her cell phone and "busted her face open."

    Barker, of Chillicothe, owns Anne Marie's Frozen Custard in Moberly, and was held in the Livingston County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

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