November 30, 2009
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a DeKalb County jury found Scott Eckert, 33, guilty of forcible rape, statutory rape of a child under 12, tampering with physical evidence, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The crimes occurred in Chula in 2007. Koster said Eckert, of Chula, was tried on a change of venue in Maysville before Judge Warren McElwain. The Attorney General’s office assisted in the prosecution.
Koster said the victim was seven years old at the time of the assault. The child was treated in Chillicothe and subsequently taken by emergency transport to Children’s Mercy Medical Center in Kansas City, where she underwent emergency surgery, having sustained life-threatening injuries.
Koster said DNA analysis revealed blood stains on the mattress that matched the child’s DNA profile, and semen matching the defendant’s DNA profile was found in the same stain. Eckert will be sentenced December 23. He faces two life sentences.
“My deepest sympathy goes out to this young girl and her family,” Koster said. “Though nothing can undo the horror she has endured, I’m pleased that our office was able to see that the man who committed these terrible crimes was brought to justice.”
Koster commended Page Bellamy, Chief Counsel of the Attorney General’s Public Safety Division, and Susan Boresi, Assistant Attorney General, for their outstanding work in obtaining the conviction.