“Children go through special interviews with specially trained forensic investigators,” Alber said.
Alber also noted that pedophiles often “gravitate toward areas where children are accessible and available.”
“They’re tough cases; they’re cases that hit many people right in the heart … When the child’s a victim, it’s especially difficult,” he said
Hall is a staple in the small town, and WDAF reported that there are several pictures of him with children on social media in which he's dressed as Santa, including one photo on the Garden City Police Department's Facebook page.
According a local blog citing the arrest warrant, Hall was charged with first-degree child molestation and booked in the Cass County Jail on $25,000 bond.
The Missiouri Penal Code names first-degree child molestation as a Class A felony, which is punishable with a prison term of no less than 10 years. Since the alleged victim is less than 12 years old, if convicted, Hall will not be eligible for probation, parole or conditional release.