Fulton man sentenced for child molestation charges
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Fulton man will be in jail for the next 25 years after he pleaded guilty Friday to one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree and four counts of child molestation in the second degree.
39-year-old, Raymond Webster Ryan admitted to driving a car with four children more than 90 miles an hour while running away from officials.
The Callaway County Sheriff's Office was looking into allegations he had sexually abused four children, ages 11, 13, 14 and 15, when they learned Ryan was in a vehicle in the Fulton area.
Deputies found and tried to perform a traffic stop on Ryan’s vehicle when he fled and went on a multi-county pursuit that ended in Wildwood, Missouri. Ryan left the children inside the car and ran away before he was later apprehended. Ryan told the judge he had fondled the genitals of each of the four child victims on different occasions between January and June of 2017.
The judge sentenced Ryan to one year in jail on the charge of endangering the welfare of the children for the car chase and 12 years in prison for each of the four child molestation charges. He will serve some of the sentences consecutively for a total of 25 years in prison.
Under state law, Ryan must serve at least 85 percent of the sentences for the child molestation charges and will not be eligible for parole for over 20 years.