A jury has convicted a Kansas City, North, man of sexually abusing two girls he knew, the Platte County prosecutor’s office announced Wednesday.
Robert F. Seaton, 45, faces 60 to 70 years in prison after being found guilty Tuesday of statutory rape, statutory sodomy and child molestation.
“The defendant sentenced these girls to a lifetime of dealing with what he did to them,” Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a written statement. “This verdict and recommended sentence ensures that he will spend the rest of his life facing the consequences of his evil deeds.”
According to Zahnd, one of the victims testified that Seaton blew crack cocaine smoke into her mouth before abusing her. After the attack, the victim stayed away for several months.
The younger victim testified that Seaton told her that he would hurt the child’s mother if she told anyone about the abuse. Both victims told their mother about the abuse but she did nothing, Zahnd said.
“The victims’ mother failed to listen and failed to protect her own children. Thankfully, these Platte County jurors did listen and did protect these victims,” he said.
In November 2013, one victim told her grandmother about the abuse. The grandmother contacted law enforcement. During an interview with social workers, the youngest victim said Seaton had sexually abused her for years.
The older girl was 13 at the time of the abuse, Zahnd said. The younger girl said the abuse started when she was 8 and continued until she was 11.
Seaton is to be sentenced March 26.