Missouri News: AG Eric Schmitt Applauds Conviction of Bollinger County Man for Sodomy and Rape of a Minor

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is applauding the conviction of Daniel Martin for sodomy, rape, and molestation of a minor.  On March 27, 2019, a Wayne County jury convicted Daniel Martin, 30, of three counts of Statutory Sodomy 1st Degree, one count of Statutory Rape 1st Degree, one count of Attempted Statutory Rape 1st Degree, one count of Attempted Statutory Sodomy 1st Degree, and three counts of Child Molestation 3rd Degree.

“Protecting Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens – especially children – is one of my most important duties as Attorney General,” said AG Schmitt.  “Bringing Daniel Martin to justice is another example of my dedication to ensuring that those who seek to harm Missouri’s most vulnerable will be put behind bars.  I’m grateful to have worked with the Bollinger and Wayne County law enforcement and prosecutors to ensure that justice will be done.”

The Defendant sexually abused the 12-year-old victim for several months at a home in Bollinger County. When the victim reported the abuse to her mother, her mother immediately reported it to the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Department.

The Bollinger County Sheriff’s Department conducted a thorough investigation, which included seizing evidence that led to the identification of the Defendant’s DNA in the victim’s bed.  The Attorney General’s Office assisted the Bollinger County Prosecutor’s Office.  The case was tried in Wayne County following a change of venue request.

The Defendant will be sentenced on July 17, 2019 by the Honorable Megan Seay and faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in prison.

The case was tried by Assistant Attorneys General Jennifer Szczucinski and Julia Rives, with the assistance of Investigator Michael Boll and Victim Advocate Carrie Boessen.