Platte City Man Gets 28 Years for Child Porn, Abuse

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PLATTE CITY, Mo. — A Platte City man will spend the next 28 years in prison in a case of child abuse and child pornography that a Platte County judge called ‘depraved’ and ‘perverted.’

James Marquis, 44, was found guilty in April for abusing a 15-year-old girl in his Platte County home. According to court documents, in January of 2010, officers from the Platte City Police Department were called to the high school regarding possible child abuse.  The victim reported that she was afraid to go home because of the way her parents would punish her.

Prosecutors say that Marquis forced the victim to stand in the corner for up to 10 hours a day for weeks at a time, while hemonitored her standing in the corner through video surveillance placed in her room. The victim was only allowed to leave the corner to eat and perform chores.

Based on information obtained from the victim during her interview, police obtained a warrant to search Marquis` computers.  The search revealed multiple images of child pornography on Marquis` computers along with video clips of the victim standing in a corner of her room.

The jury ultimately convicted Marquis of possessing 35 still images and two videos of child pornography, as well as child abuse and child endangerment.

During sentencing on Thursday, Platte County Judge Abe Shafer told Marquis that the words of the victim, “still ring in my ears.”

“You are an evil person, sir,” said Shafer.

The 28-year sentence is the maximum possible.

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