Fort Leonard Wood religious volunteer faces several sodomy charges

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- The Waynesville Police Department arrested David McKay, 40, Saturday on seven charges of second degree statutory sodomy. Investigators claim the crimes took place between February of 2011 and July of 2017. The FBI is now investigating.

Officials at the post say McKay started as a contractor at Fort Leonard Wood in 2004. He played the piano and was involved in the music portion of the religious activities at the the post. He had only been volunteering with the music portion since 2017.

Detectives claim McKay had inappropriate contact with at least one boy under the age of 17 during that six-year time period. According to the indictment, counts one and two took place between January 1, 2017 and ended on July 30th of 2017. Count three happened between Feb 11th of 2011 and February 11th of 2014. Investigators say the final four counts took place between March 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012. Each count could a carry a possible prison sentence between two and seven years.

According to the public affairs office, McKay was a former contractor and volunteer for the Fort Leonard Wood Religious Support Office.

In a written statement officials say, quote, "When allegations were first brought forward to the Army's Criminal Investigation Command earlier this year, we immediately removed him from his volunteer duties and subsequently denied him access to services and programs on the installation. We have also made counseling services available to all those involved in the allegations."

Court records show McKay is to have no contact with any victim or family member of a victim. He is also forbidden to have any contact with any child under 18.

Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman posted on Facebook his office, along with state and federal law enforcement agencies, are trying to locate any other victims involved with McKay. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigator Brian Gibbs.

A judge set bond for McKay at $1 million.

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