Town of Sedalia Reacts to Sex Crimes Trial

7 years 19 hours 19 minutes ago Saturday, December 11 2010 Dec 11, 2010 Saturday, December 11, 2010 1:01:17 PM CST December 11, 2010 in News
SEDALIA - This morning Sedalia residents who picked up their morning paper learned a man accused of sex crimes against children was found guilty. Thursday, a Saline County jury found Terry Prisendorf guilty on eight counts of statutory rape, four counts of statutory sodomy and two counts of child molestation.  Three women testified they were abused by Prisendorf when they were children.

Pettis County Prosecutor Jeff Mittelhouser said the three victims were strong witnesses that helped solidify a guilty verdict.

"Well I was horrified to think anybody could do that to children and when I saw that in the paper this morning, that he'd been convicted on all counts, I thought that was justice well served," said Sedalia resident Shirley Humpherys.  Humpherys has lived in Sedalia for almost 30 years. She said she was in shock something like this happened in her community. "You like to think you have a nice peaceable town, but I suppose that's going on."

A judge will sentence Prisendorf January 24th. He faces eleven life sentences. Prisendorf's former girlfriend, Laurie Becker, is also charged in the case. Friday morning, she entered a guilty plea.


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