December 14, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Monroe County jury found Thomas A. Ess, of Paris, Missouri, guilty of two counts of 1st degree statutory sodomy; two counts of 2nd degree statutory sodomy; and one count of 1st degree attempted child molestation. Ess was charged with sexually abusing two of his stepsons in the late 1990s in Monroe County.
Koster said the jury handed down its verdict after hearing evidence that the victims disclosed in 2010 that Ess sodomized the older brother hundreds of times when the boy was between 12 and 16 years of age. The younger brother was targeted on two separate occasions when he was 5 or 6 years old, and again at age 13.
Circuit Judge Rachel L. Bringer will sentence Ess on February 2. Koster said Ess faces five years to life imprisonment on each count of 1st degree statutory sodomy; up to 7 years in prison on each count of 2nd degree sodomy; and up to 4 years on attempted child molestation.
Koster said Assistant Attorney General Monty Platz assisted in prosecuting the case at the request of the Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney.