Two suspects charged with taking photographs of children in bathroom stalls

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday that they charged two suspects photographing children using the bathroom in a St. Louis County mall.

Suspect Heather McDorman, 29, of Barnhart, was charged for one count of Invasion of Privacy and three counts of Statutory Sodomy or Attempted Statutory Sodomy, Deviate Sexual Intercourse – Person Less than 12 Years of Age. McDorman is being held on a $250,000 cash only bond.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office also issued charges on suspect Zachary Hamby, 28 years of age, of Florissant, for one count of Invasion of Privacy and two counts of Statutory Sodomy or Attempted Statutory Sodomy – Deviate Sexual Intercourse – Person Less than 12 Years of Age. Hamby is being held on a $250,000 cash only bond.

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According to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Hamby directed McDorman to photograph female children in bathroom stalls. McDorman was arrested after being caught photographing an eleven year old female using the bathroom at South County Mall.

McDorman admitted taking similar photographs throughout the region and sharing them with Hamby. Hamby admitted that he encouraged McDorman and received the photos she had taken.

Multiple suspicious photos were discovered on both of their phones. During the course of their interviews with a St. Louis County detective, both defendants admitted participating in the sexual abuse of a four-year-old boy.

The incident occurred on Monday at approximately 3:35 p.m., in a public restroom in the South County Mall, located at 100 South County Center Way.

According to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office the investigation remains very active. Detectives do believe other incidents of this nature have occurred in the St. Louis region and that additional victims are likely.

They instruct anyone with further information to contact the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Special Investigations at 314-615-5400.

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