Sex Offender Sentenced to Life for Sexual Abuse of an 8-Year-Old

3 years 1 week 2 days ago June 20, 2014 Jun 20, 2014 Friday, June 20 2014 Friday, June 20, 2014 6:08:00 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

PLATTE CITY (AP) - A northwest Missouri man is facing a mandatory life sentence for child sexual abuse after he was found to be a predatory sexual offender.

A Platte County jury found 50-year-old Fentress Maurice Wilson of Riverside guilty Tuesday of first-degree statutory sodomy of an 8-year-old girl.

After he was convicted, prosecutors presented testimony that Wilson had a decades-long history of sex crimes against children.

The Kansas City Star reports Missouri law allows prosecutors to cite previous acts of abuse only to increase punishment after a defendant has been found guilty.

Platte County Eric Zahnd is part of an effort to change the Missouri Constitution to allow prosecutors to tell jurors about a defendant's prior sex offenses before they reach a verdict. The measure will appear on the November ballot.

 

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