June 24, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today Circuit Court Judge Keith Sutherland has sentenced a Mexico, Missouri, man to 140 years in state prison after he was convicted on two counts of statutory rape, three counts of statutory sodomy, and one count of child molestation.
Koster said a jury found Curtis Smith, 46, guilty after hearing trial testimony that Smith had sexually abused three children under the age of 12 between 2003 and 2007 in Mexico. The jury recommended punishment of 30 years on each of the rape counts; 25 years on one of the sodomies; 20 years on two of the sodomies; and 15 years on the child molestation. Judge Sutherland followed the jury’s recommendation and ordered the sentences to be served consecutively for a total of 140 years.
“These are horrible crimes, and the victims will spend their lifetimes dealing with the experience,” Koster said. “This sentence, though appropriate, cannot undo what has been done, but I am thankful that this predator will be behind bars for a very long time.”
Koster said Assistant Attorney General Susan Boresi assisted Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger on the case.