MONITEAU COUNTY, Mo. — A man who admitted to sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl at a trailer park in Kaiser, Mo., just outside Osage Beach, was sentenced to prison on Friday, July 26.

Anthony M. Lopez was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a female juvenile in Kaiser, Missouri after the court heard evidence and argument. Lopez was sentenced to 10 years in prison for First-Degree Statutory Sodomy and 10 years in prison for Third-Degree Child Molestation. The sentences were ordered consecutive to each other for a total of 20 years in prison. First-Degree Statutory Sodomy is an Unclassified Felony that requires Lopez to serve eighty-five percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. Third-Degree Child Molestation is a class C felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The crime took place in June of 2018 at the Parkside Trailer Park in Kaiser. The victim told investigators she had gone to the trailer park laundromat, when she met Lopez there, according to the probable cause document. She said he then took her back to his trailer and sexually assaulted her. Lopez initially denied the allegations, but later confessed, according to the document, and acknowledged he knew what he was doing was wrong and said he had been drinking.

Lopez was charged by the Miller County Prosecutor on June 11, 2018. The case was subsequently changed from Miller County to Moniteau County on Lopez’s request for a change of venue. Lopez entered an “open” guilty plea on May 31, 2019 to the charges without an agreement with the State regarding a final disposition. The court set the case for sentencing on July 26, 2019.

Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Winfrey thanked the Miller County Sheriff’s Department and Kids Harbor in Osage Beach for their hard work resolving this case. Lopez also had a probation sentence for Possession of a Controlled Substance revoked and ordered served along with his new charges.

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