Joplin police officers responded to Cunningham Park around 8:57 p.m. Thursday night for reports of a possible sexual assault. The caller thought a juvenile was being assaulted at the park.

When officers arrived, they discovered Michael D. Reed and Larry A. Dipley were the two subjects in question, and they both had their pants down and genitals exposed. One male was performing oral sex on the other, and he refused to stop performing oral sex when ordered to do so by the officers.

Reed and Dipley were both placed under arrest. Reed was arrested for sexual misconduct, public consumption and obstruction/resisting. Dipley was arrested for sexual misconduct, compliance with request for information, public consumption and obstruction/resisting.