The Saline county Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of a Sweet Springs man on allegations of child abuse.

According to the probable cause statement, a children’s division investigator contacted the sheriff’s office on a tip in which Michael Werneke, 49, allegedly was having sexual relations with a pre-pubescent girl. Further investigation revealed that Werneke was convicted of child molestation in 1996 in Pettis Co. and during an interview with the arresting officer the suspect admitted to inappropriately touching the victim.

Werneke is facing the charge of first degree child molestation, online records indicate formal charges are pending.