Janet Barber

Grove Sun

JAY – A Bernice man has been arrested and charged with indecently propositioning a teenager and fondling her.

Robert Wayne Sherrick, 52, was charged with felony counts of lewd or indecent proposals to child under 16 and lewd or indecent acts to a child on July 15, after a 14-year old girl told her mother that Sherrick had told her she had nice breasts and ask if he could touch them while in a store in Bernice on July 6.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the girl and her mother confronted Sherrick, telling him to never touch the girl again. Sherrick then left the store in the company of another older woman.

Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Wheatley and Deputy Dick Kauffman went to Sherrick’s home in Bernice where they confronted the suspect with the accusations.

Sherrick said he apologized to the girl and said he wouldn’t do it again.

Sherrick told officers he had been arrested in Joplin, MO for “messing with children,” but after spending one night in jail, no charges were filed against him and he was released.

Bond has been set at $75,000.00 and an outstanding warrant for his arrest has been issued.