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Gregory Breeden, former suspect in KC killings, faces sex crime charge

Updated: 2013-10-10T00:11:26Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

A man once suspected in a string of Kansas City killings has been charged with misdemeanor sexual misconduct in Cass County.

Gregory W. Breeden allegedly exposed his genitals while urinating in the street outside his home in Raymore, according to the charges. He was being held Wednesday in the Cass County Jail. His bond is set at $2,500.

According to court records, police were called Monday afternoon to the 400 block of South Sunrise Drive after a witness reported that Breeden had urinated in the street while several children played nearby.

Breeden, 67, denied the allegation, though police saw a large wet spot in the street and noted that Breeden’s overalls were unzipped when he spoke to them, according to the court documents.

“People are always calling and saying things about me,” court documents quote him as telling officers.

Breeden received notoriety in the mid 1990s when police investigated him in connection with the deaths of seven women whose bodies had been found in the Missouri River over a 12-year period. Some of the women had been prostitutes and some of their bodies had been mutilated, police said at the time.

He was charged in 1996 in the killing of Viola McCoy, but the charge was dropped in 1999 when a witness wouldn’t testify.

McCoy’s body was found in the river in September 1994. She had been stabbed and her legs had been cut off at the hips.

Breeden has denied involvement in the serial killings.

He ultimately spent 10 years in a Missouri prison for convictions in bad-check cases. After being paroled, he was arrested in 2002 for soliciting a prostitute in Kansas City and was returned to prison. After his 2004 release, he was charged with threatening a federal judge who had ruled against him in a civil case, but a jury acquitted him at trial.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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