LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mo.- Last Monday, March 19, 2018, a Bates City, Mo., man appeared before a judge in Lafayette County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to sodomy and child molestation allegations.
According to release from Kristen Ellis Hilbrenner, Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney, Larry Mansfield, 46, of Bates City, pleaded guilty to one count of statutory sodomy in the first-degree and one count of child molestation in the third-degree. Mansfield was ultimately sentenced to 18 years in the Department of Corrections on the first charge and 10 years on the second.
Mansfield initially entered a not-guilty plea and adamantly denied the allegations but during his plea, he admitted he subjected a child under 14 years of age to sexual contact by two separate acts during the same encounter. To protect the privacy of the victim, no further details of the case were released in the announcement.
After the hearing Hilbrenner stated, “These crimes occurred in November and were reported to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office immediately. The deputy who received the call acted swiftly and was able to collect the evidence needed to put this criminal behind bars. I appreciate the work the deputy and another detective did to ensure that this predator received the punishment he deserves for the crimes he committed.”
Representing the State at the guilty plea and sentencing was Lafayette County Prosecutor, Kristen Ellis Hilbrenner. The court followed the State’s recommendation for prison time. The court then pronounced sentence and remanded the defendant to the custody of the sheriff for delivery to the Department of Corrections.