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Local man found guilty of child molestation

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Steven Abbott
A local man was convicted on Friday by a jury of nine women and three men in a case involving the first degree felonies of statutory sodomy and child molestation.

It took forty minutes for the jury to find Steven R. Abbott, 29, of Senath, Mo., guilty of the charges against him, which stem from an incident that occurred January 23, 2010 in Senath. The State's case was prosecuted by Stephen P. Sokoloff, Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney, with assistance from Jonce Chidister, assistant prosecuting attorney for the county.

During the trial, Sokoloff told the jury that, "Even though there wasn't any physical evidence, the 13-year-old victim's account of the occurrence was the only one that made sense." He urged the jury to use their "common sense" and to hold the defendant responsible for his acts.

Associate Circuit Judge H. Mark Preyer ordered the defendant remanded to the custody of the Dunklin County Sheriff, pending the sentencing, after the jury came back with its "guilty" verdict. The sentencing date has been set for February 23, 2012.

According to the prosecutor's office, the sodomy charge carries a range of punishment from five years to life imprisonment, and the child molestation conviction could carry a range of punishment from five to fifteen years.

The defendant was represented in court by attorneys Daren Todd and Jeff McCormick.

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Give him the max sentence, not just a slap on the wrist. These people have NO place in society. This child is scarred for life. She'll have to live with it daily for the rest of her life, so he should too. These pedophiles never change, NEVER!

-- Posted by Star_gazer on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 11:45 AM

hes already on the sex offender list!

-- Posted by sj83 on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 11:48 AM

I'm not defending this person, but I am curious what evidence was used by the jury to hand down a guilty verdict if no physical evidence was presented.

-- Posted by taxpayer parent on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 12:06 PM

Probably a very truthful and compelling story from his victim, also the fact that he is a repeat offender, and he has been accused of this another time or two and the victims didn't seek charges. That's evidence enough!! Hope he gets life in prison!!!! I don't think if I was a lawyer I'd have taken on this case it was a loser from the start with this guys past history.

-- Posted by Strongwhiteman on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 4:23 PM

Lock him up, let all his fellow convicts know exactly why he is locked up, and Katie bar the door.

-- Posted by arbyrd01 on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 4:43 PM

@Taxpayer Parent, I totally agree with you. What physical evidence was used to convict this man. Don't get me wrong, if he's guilty convict him. But, make sure it's within the civil law. Not friend/man's law!!! Point blank!!

-- Posted by endtimevoice on Wed, Jan 18, 2012, at 12:06 PM

There doesn't always have to be "physical" evidence, eyewitness statements aren't considered physical evidence, also past history of sex crimes (this guy has one). It's not hard to do a small amount of research to find out about a prior convicted sex offender, I'm glad he has finally been sent to answer for his actions, should've happened long before now. Seems as though the victims "civil rights" are too often forgotten about!

-- Posted by Strongwhiteman on Thu, Jan 19, 2012, at 9:38 PM

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