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March 28, 2011

Attorney General Koster says Montgomery County jury finds man guilty of sodomy, rape

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Montgomery County jury found Matthew Randolph, of Vista, California, guilty of first degree statutory rape and two counts of first degree statutory sodomy.

Koster said the state presented testimony and evidence to the jury that Randolph, 43, had groomed and molested a 13-year-old relative over a period of years while she visited him in California. In late June of 2007, Randolph committed various sexual acts on the child during a visit to Missouri.

Randolph will be sentenced May 4. Koster said Randolph faces five years to life imprisonment on each count. Randolph will not be allowed out on bond pending sentencing. The case was moved from Audrain County to Montgomery County on a change of venue.

“My deepest sympathy goes out to this young girl and her family,” Koster said. “Though nothing can undo the harm that was done, I’m pleased that the man who committed these terrible crimes will face justice.”

Koster said Assistant Attorney General Monty Platz tried the case jointly with Jacob Shellabarger, Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney.

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