Dexter man found guilty of statutory sodomy, statutory rape, children molestation

Jerry Michael Pierce (Source: Office of the Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney)
Jerry Michael Pierce (Source: Office of the Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney)

STODDARD COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – A Dexter man was found guilty of four counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree, one count of statutory rape in the first degree and one count of child molestation in the second degree.

A Stoddard County jury found Jerry Michael Pierce guilty of the charges. The jury also found Pierce to be a predatory sexual offender due to a prior offense (that was never prosecuted) against another child in 1983, according to Stoddard County Prosecutor Russ Oliver.

On five of the counts Pierce is statutorily mandated to receive life sentences for each of those five counts. He faces an additional 15 years for the remaining count. Sentencing is scheduled for May 23, 2022 before the Honorable Robert N. Mayer.

“I am so proud of the brave victims in this case standing up to this predator,” said Oliver. “There are no winners in cases like this. Multiple children have suffered greatly at the hands of the Defendant for years. These cases are excruciatingly difficult to try, emotionally taxing on everyone involved, and painful for victims to relive as they tell of the abuse they have suffered. But we do those difficult things to bring justice and closure to the victims, to ensure that no other children suffer at the hands of the Defendant and to protect the families of our community. This verdict ensures that the Defendant will never take another step as a free man the remainder of his life and will die in prison.”

Jurors listened to evidence over the course of two days, staying until 7 p.m. the first day and until 11 p.m. the second day when they reached their verdict.

Oliver thanked the local Child Advocacy Centers who provided support and counseling for the children as well as the families of the victims.

Detective Eddie Holloway and the Dexter Police Department investigated the case.

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