Former Cub Scout leader is convicted of sexually abusing two girls

06/13/2013 6:34 PM

06/13/2013 6:35 PM

A Platte County jury has recommended that a former Cub Scout leader serve 180 years in prison for sexually abusing two girls.

The jurors convicted Daryl D. Lemasters, 54, of Platte City, on Wednesday on four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, sexual exploitation of a minor and child enticement. Jurors recommended that Lemasters be sentenced to 30 years in prison on each of the six convictions.

His formal sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 1.

The criminal charges were filed after the Platte County sheriff’s office investigated allegations of sexual abuse against two girls, ages 11 and 9, said Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd.

Authorities received information in February 2011 that Lemasters had touched two girls inappropriately. Investigators interviewed the girls, who both said Lemasters had sexually abused them repeatedly. The abuse began when the girls were 5, Zahnd said.

The girls also said that Lemasters took videos of them while they were naked. Lemasters repeatedly abused the victims over a four-year period and had offered to take them to a water park in exchange for sexual acts, Zahnd said.

Investigators found several items at Lemasters’ residence at 16095 Route HH in Platte County and his business, Copy Masters, at 1110 Branch St. in Platte City, that matched the descriptions provided by the victims. They also found a pornographic clip taken of one of the girls, Zahnd said.

Lemasters had worked with boys in Cub Scout Pack 1028 from about 2000 though 2010. The pack is affiliated with Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Zahnd said he would ask that the prison sentences run consecutively.

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