SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (CBS St. Louis) – A local man charged with molesting three children blamed “bad soda” for his behavior.

The man, 19-year-old Bradley Compton, pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, one count of attempted statutory sodomy, and two counts of sexual misconduct.

All charges were reportedly filed against Compton on Wednesday.

Two of the children were born in 2004, and the third in 2005, the Springfield News-Leader learned, and all three were reportedly female. They were in the care of a relative of Compton’s who was babysitting them at the time of the alleged abused.

A probable cause statement written by local responding authorities and obtained by the paper stated that the two older children said Compton exposed himself to them, even after they had reportedly asked him not to do so.

One of the children added that he had exposed himself on more than one occasion.

The younger child of the three also accused Compton of asking her to perform oral sex on him.

After his arrest and a reading of his Miranda rights, Compton offered an excuse for his actions.

“Compton stated he exposed (himself) because he was dazed, had a headache, and his ‘eyes were closing’ from what he thought was a ‘bad soda’ [he] had consumed just prior to the incident,” the statement is quoted as saying.

He also claimed he had recently woken up from a nap, and was disoriented.

The News-Leader said that Compton posted a $25,000 bond on Thursday after entering his not guilty plea, the conditions of which mandate that he may not contact or reside with the babysitting relative whenever children under the age of 17 are in the residence.

Prosecutors are reportedly still concerned, however.

“There are concerns that the defendant’s (relative) is going to continue to babysit children and will continue to allow the defendant to have access to other children,” court documents filed by prosecutors noted.


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