Stovall arrested on new charges of harassment, sexual misconduct

Steve Chapman


An Ash Grove man who was arrested on charges of harassment and violating an order of protection is facing new charges of harassment and sexual misconduct. Noah Stovall, 21, was taken into custody on Monday, Jan. 2 after he allegedly engaged in inappropriate conduct in full view of three girls in Springfield on New Year’s Eve.
According to the probable cause statement in the case, the girls reported that they were walking in the early afternoon hours when they saw a white Nissan drive by them several times very slowly, and that the driver and sole occupant of the car was staring at them as he drove past them.
Each of the girls reported seeing the man behaving inappropriately as he was driving. The girls spoke to an older man who was standing outside of his house and told him what happened; the man then saw the same car enter the area again and yelled at the driver, who fled at a high rate of speed.
One of the girls, however, managed to take a picture of the vehicle as it fled the area. The reporting officer was shown the pictures the girl took and, using a license plate that was captured in one of the photos, determined that the car belonged to Stovall.
Police contacted each of the girls’ parents, who all stated that they were willing to press charges.

Lawrence County took Stovall into custody
According to the probable cause statement, the parents also stated that each of the girls were shown a booking photo of Stovall from an article covering a previous arrest of Stovall, and that each of the girls identified Stovall as the driver of the vehicle.
A Springfield Police officer contacted the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 2, and at the officer’s request, the LCSO took Stovall into custody. They brought Stovall to Hood’s gas station at the boundary of the Greene and Lawrence counties, according to the probable cause statement, where the officer took Stovall into custody and transported him to the Springfield Police Department. There, Stovall invoked his right to an attorney. He was later taken to the Greene County Jail.

Charges facing Stovall
Stovall faces three counts of first-degree harassment and one count of first-degree sexual misconduct in this latest incident. The Commonwealth reported in November that he allegedly violated an order of protection by contacting a former co-worker on social media and sent her an inappropriate picture and video. At the time of that arrest, he was already on probation for sexual misconduct.
As of press time, Stovall remained in custody in the Greene County Jail. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Jan. 30.


Lawrence County Record

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