An Independence man has been charged with allegedly molesting a 4-year-old boy, said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker on Tuesday.

Allen T. Blankenship, 41, faces a statutory sodomy charge.

According to court documents, an Independence Police officer responded to a call made by the victim’s relative on March 25. The relative told police that the victim had said Blankenship touched him on the private parts.

The victim also told his relative that Blankenship “did something he was supposed to do on his computer.”

In an interview with investigators on April 9, the victim’s relative said they heard the victim laughing from the suspect’s bedroom and it woke them up from a nap on March 25. The relative immediately went into the bedroom to see what was going on. They discovered Blankenship and the victim lying in bed under the covers, and immediately left the house with the victim.

The victim’s relative also said they became concerned with the victim being around Blankenship a few months ago. They told police they came home from work early one day to find the victim only in his underwear sitting on Blankenship’s lap. The victim’s clothes were on the floor at the opposite end of the living room.

Independence Police obtained a search warrant to confiscate the suspect’s laptop on April 11.

The case remains under investigation and prosecutors have requested a bond of $250,000 for Blankenship.