BENTON -- A Scott County man was sentenced to prison on several counts of child molestation Wednesday before Judge T. Lynn Brown.
According to Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd, 41-year-old William Beck was sentenced to four 15-year terms on four counts of child molestation in the first degree and two seven-year terms for one count of statutory sodomy in the second degree and one count of statutory rape in the second degree to serve concurrently on all the counts in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Boyd noted the maximum range of punishment on the B felony of child molestation in the first degree is 15 years, and the maximum range of punishment on C felonies of statutory sodomy second degree and statutory rape in the second degree is seven years.
The sexual assault charges occurred between June 30, 2003, and Aug. 15, 2003, in Scott County. The evidence against Beck included testimony from the child victim, evidence collected at the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence and a partial confession Beck made to Scott County Deputy Ron Meredith as to some of his criminal acts with the child.
The testimony of the child victim included Beck's criminal acts as he groomed the child over a year from mere touching and kisses toward being receptive to actual intercourse. Part of Beck's grooming included telling the victim he would not love the child anymore and that if the child told, Beck would get in big trouble. In his confession, Beck admitted that he had tried to have sexual intercourse three times and had deviate sexual intercourse three or more times prior to the child crying out for help.
"The overall success of this case goes to the combined efforts of the State Division of Child Services, Scott County Sheriff's Department SEMO-NASV, and this office working through a multiple disciplinary team approach on this case," Boyd said. "However, the biggest credit goes to the child who spoke up about what was going on in her life and the adults around her who made sure she got help."
Prior to obtaining any parole on his sentence, Beck must complete the Missouri Sexual Offender Program (MSOP) offered in the Missouri Department of Corrections as part of his offered rehabilitation program.
Pursuant to Sect. 589.040, all sex offenders must successfully complete the sexual offender program prior to being eligible to be released on parole for their crime(s). The MSOP "ultimate goal shall be the prevention of future sexual assaults by the participants in such programs," according to the statute.
Whether or not Beck is released early or serves his whole sentence is up to the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, which have similar powers of circuit judges once a person is sent to prison for a crime to serve time without a judge reserving any options for probation.