A Platte City man received a 180-year sentence Thursday on six child sexual abuse convictions for crimes against two girls that happened repeatedly over four years.
By BRIAN BURNES
The Kansas City Star
Daryl D. Lemasters will serve six 30-year sentences consecutively, Platte County Circuit Judge Owens Lee Hull Jr. ruled.
In June, a Platte County jury convicted Lemasters on four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy and one count each of sexual exploitation of a minor and child enticement.
Prosecutors filed charges after the Platte County Sheriff’s Office investigated allegations of sexual abuse of two girls, ages 11 and 9.
“There will be a time when you come face to face with the ultimate judge,” the girls’ mother told Lemasters at the sentencing hearing. “I have a lot of hatred for you that is hard to describe, but I am asking God for guidance.”
Chris Seufert, an assistant prosecuting attorney, asked Hull that the sentences be served consecutively.
“He has not taken responsibility for the crimes he has been tried and convicted for,” he said of Lemasters.
Mark Jones, a lawyer representing Lemasters, requested that the sentences run concurrently to allow Lemasters “some measure of hope.” Jones added that Lemasters “has lost his wife, his family, his business and certainly has been publicly humiliated. He is clearly clinically depressed.”
Jones and Donald Shanks, who also represented Lemasters, filed notice of Lemasters’ appeal of the verdict and sentencing, adding that Lemasters now has asked for assistance from the state public defender’s office.
Lemasters told Hull that he was dissatisfied with some aspects of his lawyers’ services, saying he had not been supplied with transcripts of some interviews with the victims. He also thought some of the victims’ statements should have been challenged.
“I believe they were coaxed, basically, into saying certain things,” he said.
Lemasters was a Cub Scout pack leader from about 2000 to 2010. The pack is affiliated with Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Authorities received information in February 2011 alleging that Lemasters had touched the two girls inappropriately. Investigators interviewed the girls, who both said Lemasters had sexually abused them repeatedly. The girls said Lemasters took videos of them while they were naked and had offered to take them to a water park in exchange for sexual acts.
“I am very happy he got what he deserved,” the girls’ mother said after the sentencing. “We can now go on with our lives.”
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