Ladue man escapes jail time, stays off sex offender list after child exposure charge

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by KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on February 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 7:51 PM

(KMOV.com) – A Ladue man charged with sexual misconduct after he allegedly spied on and exposed himself to an 11-year-old boy will not serve any jail time after pleading guilty to harassment Monday.

According to court documents, Christopher Frank lives on a private street in Ladue. He’s also the owner and president of CFX, a marketing firm in south St. Louis.

In August of 2012, Frank, 42, was charged with sexual misconduct involving a child under age 15, a felony.

Authorities said the incident happened at the Home Depot in the 1600 block of South Hanley Road on November 25, 2011.

Police said Frank got on his knees in a restroom stall and showed his genitals to a child in the next stall over.

Authorities said Frank then laid down on the floor and watched the boy use the restroom.

He was also a board member at St. Louis Children’s Hospital between 2006 and 2009. In addition to his duties with the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Frank was a volunteer at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

His ties with the center have since been suspended.

Frank’s attorney, Derek Rudman, maintained his client’s innocence, but would not give reasons to support the claim at the time of the arrest. .

Monday’s guilty plea was only to the charge of harassment, and Frank will not be registered as a sex offender in addition to serving no jail time.

Sue Smith Kennedy, a resident in south St. Louis, says despite the light sentence, the schools near Frank’s office should be alerted.  

"The catholic school is four doors away and the public school is three blocks away," she said. "I think the neighborhood should be notified.”

Other residents are saying justice was not done, and the outcome of the case may have been a product of the defendant’s money.  

“He has a lot of money he can pay off and get away with something like that,” said resident Isaiah Johnson.

Attempts to reach prosecutors Wednesday did not result in any information. We were told county Prosecutor Bob McCulloch couldn’t talk to because he was in court all day.

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