A Jackson County jury found Brian Lewis, 26, of Kansas City, guilty of four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, two counts of first-degree statutory rape, and two counts of incest for the sexual abuse of a female relative beginning when she was four years old. The jury heard evidence that Lewis sexually abused the victim when her mother was not home, often with the victim’s infant sister present. The State presented evidence from a Children’s Division investigator, a Children’s Mercy Medical Center doctor and social worker, and a forensic interviewer from the Child Protection Center as well as members of the child’s family. The jury also watched a recorded interview during which the victim, then only six years old, was able to describe, demonstrate, and diagram her abuse in graphic detail. She stated that Lewis threatened to kill her and members of her family if she disclosed the abuse.
A Ripley County jury found Otis Lambert, 62, of West Plains, guilty on two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy and one count of first-degree child molestation. Lambert sexually abused his daughter for several years. The victim disclosed the abuse at age 13, after years of being too afraid to do so because Lambert threatened to hurt her mother and little sister if she told. Lambert fled to Indiana while the criminal case was pending and had to be extradited back to Missouri to stand trial. The jury heard testimony from the victim, a Children’s Division Employee, a forensic interviewer from the Children’s Advocacy Center, and watched a recording of the victim’s forensic interview.
“Whether urban or rural Missouri, my Office is fighting to protect Missouri children,” Hawley said. “There is no place for child abuse of any nature in our state and we will work to put perpetrators behind bars.”
Lewis faces up to six life sentences plus eight years. Judge Patrick Campbell has set sentencing for January 5, 2018. Lambert faces two life sentences. Judge Michael Pritchett has set sentencing for December 19, 2017.
Assistant Attorney General Katharine Dolin tried the case in Jackson County. Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Szczucinski tried the case in Ripley County.