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Springfield postal worker accused of sex crime while on his route

Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 12:37 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Greene County prosecutor filed charges against a Springfield mailman, accusing him of a sexual assault while on his route.

Mark Poag, 59, faces a charge of sodomy or attempted sodomy in the first-degree.

Investigators say the victim asked the U.S. Postal Service if her mailman could bring her mail to the door because of a disability. The day of the incident, police say there was snow on the ground, so she instead opened her garage. The victim told investigators Poag took off his shoes by the door. She said Poag laid the mail on a table and came into the bedroom and sexually assaulted her.

Investigators say GPS from Poag’s mail truck showed him at the residence on that date for 18 minutes. The postal inspector told investigators there was no reason for a mailman to be at a home for that length of time.

USPS told ky3 it was notified just a few weeks ago by Springfield Police, then launched its own investigation.

”Our job is to investigate any crimes that are affiliated with the Postal Service,” U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokesman Paul Shade said. “Anything from your mail frauds, your mail thefts, shipping drugs through the mail, those sort of things. Which obviously includes any crimes against a postal employee or by a postal employee while on duty.”

The Postal Service is currently aiding police with the investigation, along with its own.

”The Postal Inspection Service is conducting its own independent investigation,” Shade said. “Of course that is a direct mirror of what’s taking place with Springfield PD. In fact the investigator that is conducting that down in Springfield, it will be his report.”

KY3 asked USPS about Boag’s employment status. Inspectors said they cannot get into detail of an employee’s work status during an investigation.

”I can tell you that standard policy is to place employees on non-duty status pending the outcome of an investigation,” Shade said.

Postal workers on that status do not deliver or continue any regular job functions.

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