ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Dawan Ferguson, the father of Christian Ferguson, is expected to face new charges, prosecutors said in court Wednesday.

Dawan Ferguson was charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with the 2003 disappearance and death of his 9-year-old son Christian. He was arrested on Oct. 3 and has been held without bond since then. 

He was in court Wednesday to ask for a reduction of bail, which is when prosecutors revealed details about new allegations against Dawan Ferguson. 

In making an appeal for Dawan Ferguson to remain jailed without bail, prosecutors said they will be charging him with additional charges, including statutory sodomy, statutory rape and child molestation.

The defense argued for a reduced bail Wednesday, saying that there was no new evidence since Christian Ferguson’s disappearance was initially investigated. But prosecutors countered that they did have new evidence, including witnesses who felt coerced not to testify earlier saying they are now willing to speak.

Prosecutors said the new charges are not related to the murder of Christian Ferguson.

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