Platte City man sentenced in sexual abuse of two girls
PLATTE COUNTY, Mo.– A judge sentenced a 54-year-old Platte City man to serve six 30-year prison sentences for sexually abusing two girls over a four-year period. The sentences are to run consecutively.
In June, after a three-day trial, a jury found Daryl D. Lemasters, 54, guilty on four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, enticement of a child and sexual exploitation of a minor.
The Platte County Sheriff’s Department first received information in early February, 2011 stating that Lemasters had repeatedly touched two girls inappropriately. Days later, investigators searched Lemasters’ home and business where they found multiple items matching descriptions given by the victims. One such find included a clip of child pornography taken of one of the victims on Lemasters’ computer.
Over the span of the trial, Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Justin Kalwei and Chris Seufert proved that Lemasters sexually abused the victims multiple times over a four-year period. During the sentencing phase of the trial, another woman came forth and testified that Lemasters sexually abused her when she was younger.
“He is a serial child rapist, but this jury’s verdict should ensure he will never have a chance to hurt another child,” said Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said during the trial.