Platte City Ward 1 alderman faces sexual misconduct charge

PLATTE CITY, Missouri - A Platte City alderman is accused of sexual misconduct.

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Charles Cook, 58, was allegedly driving a woman home from her work at a Platte City Price Chopper grocery store on August 19 when the incident happened.

The woman told police Cook asked her if she was satisfied sexually at home.

“After a brief stop at a friend's house, the woman returned to Cook's truck, where Cook allegedly asked her ‘would this satisfy you?’ The woman said when she looked down, Cook had his pants down,” according to a statement from the Platte County prosecutor.

After complying with the woman’s request to pull up his pants, Cook drove the woman home.

The woman reported Cook's alleged crime to police within two hours of the offense.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd the woman and Cook are friends.  He adds that they did not have a romantic relationship.

Zahnd says the woman is married. 

According to neighbors Cook is married and has one adult child.

"You would think somebody, whether they are an alderman or with the city, would never do anything like that. I just can't believe it," says Floyd Dennis who has lived across the street from Cook for several years.

Cook is charged with second degree sexual misconduct. He will be issued a summons to appear in court, and, if convicted, he faces up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.

Cook is an alderman for Platte City’s Ward I, representing the northwestern area of the city. 

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