Dexter man sentenced to 5 consecutive life sentences for statutory sodomy, statutory rape, child 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 sentenced to five consecutive life sentences as a predatory sexual offender.

A Stoddard County jury found Jerry Michael Pierce 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 in March.

Presiding Circuit Judge Robert N. Mayer set Pierce’s minimum parole eligibility at 30 years for each count, meaning that Pierce will not be eligible for parole for 150 years.

A Stoddard County jury found Pierce guilty on March 29 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. 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 in the state of Michigan, according to Stoddard County Prosecutor Russ Oliver.

“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.”

Oliver thanked the jurors who listened to “horrific evidence over the course of two days, staying until 7 pm the first day and until 11 pm the second day when they reached their verdict.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the jurors who listened to this horrific evidence over the course of two days, staying until 7 pm the first day and until 11 pm the second day when they reached their verdict,” Oliver said. “Our community owes them a debt of gratitude.”

Oliver also 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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