UPDATE 10/18/22: Tristan Leier entered a plea of not guilty on all charges in court on Oct. 18. He has a plea and trial setting scheduled for Nov. 2, 2022.

HOUSTON, Mo. – A 20-year-old man from Houston, Missouri is facing four charges related to sex crimes against two children. The Texas County Sheriff said Tristan Leier met the victims on a county road in July.

The Sheriff’s Office opened the investigation in late August after Leier was accused of having inappropriate contact with someone younger than 14 and someone younger than 17. Investigators interviewed the victims who said they met Leier in the Summersville area.

Leier was arrested Tuesday at a home in Houston, Missouri.

Leier is charged with:

  • Statutory rape or attempted rape of a person younger than 14
  • Statutory sodomy or attempted sodomy of a person younger than 14
  • Two counts of child molestation of a child younger than 17, with the offender more than four years older

Leier’s bond has been set at $400,000.