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Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:40 PM

Missouri Man Who Pleaded Guilty To Molesting 11-Year-Old Girl Gets Probation

A Missouri man who pleaded guilty to molesting an 11-year-old girl has evaded jail time, instead getting just five years of supervised probation.

Joseph Robert Meili, 22, was sentenced in Greene County Court on Friday after pleading guilty in March to third-degree child molestation as part of a plea deal.

In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the child kidnapping and first-degree statutory rape charges he also faced.

Under Missouri law, third-degree child molestation is considered a class C felony punishable by up to three to 10 years in prison or a shorter term coupled with a $10,000 fine.

Prosecutors recommended Meili serve 120 days in a sex offender treatment program and up to seven years in prison. But Judge Calvin R. Holden sentenced him to just five years of supervised probation.'

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It’s not uncommon for child molestation and statutory rape cases of this nature in Greene County to result in probation for the offender rather than prison time, both Pierson and Fax said.

Earlier on Friday, Fax appeared in court for the sentencing of another confessed child abuser: Avery Genovese of Bolivar, who was 21 years old when he was charged with the statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a 12-year-old girl he met online.

He pleaded guilty to both charges in January. Holden sentenced him to five years of supervised probation on Friday.

“The victim’s family was there and they were literally just crying,” Fax said.

Holden has faced backlash in the past for handing down light sentences to child molesters. In 2016, he sentenced a 24-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing an 8-year-old child he was babysitting to 30 days in jail and five years of probation. The decision sparked a Change.org petition calling for Holden’s removal from the bench, which garnered hundreds of signatures.

Holden outraged community members again in February after he sentenced a twice-convicted rapist to five years of supervised probation.

Beau Maurice Gormley, 33, of Republic, received the sentence after raping a woman a month into his probation, which he’d received for previously committing statutory rape against a 16-year-old employee who worked at a restaurant he managed.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/missouri-man-probation-molestation_n_5d07bf13e4b03eb73ef844d4


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Reply Missouri Man Who Pleaded Guilty To Molesting 11-Year-Old Girl Gets Probation (Original post)
demmiblue Jun 19 OP
Stellar Jun 19 #1
MagickMuffin Jun 19 #2
Hortensis Jun 19 #6
PJMcK Jun 19 #3
Dennis Donovan Jun 19 #5
PJMcK Jun 19 #7
Guy Whitey Corngood Jun 19 #4
gratuitous Jun 19 #8
demmiblue Jun 19 #9
Solly Mack Jun 19 #10
MineralMan Jun 19 #11
smirkymonkey Jun 19 #12
benld74 Jun 19 #13

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:42 PM

1. WTF!!!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:46 PM

2. Perhaps the "judge" is also a child molester


It would make perfect sense, since he is so forgiving of these "men" abusing, raping children!!!

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:52 PM

6. It did occur that he and family should be looked into

for a reason behind this unusual attitude. Child molestation appalls most men.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:47 PM

3. Missouri is one fine state

NOT!

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:50 PM

5. Harry Truman weeps from The Great Beyond...

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:53 PM

7. Yep

So the “show me state” has become blind.

Fucking Republicans.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:49 PM

4. What in the name of FUCK!!!! This sick ass clown has no

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:58 PM

8. You can bet that Judge Holden's leniency is well-known in certain communities

Greene County will be a predator's paradise as long as Holden is on the bench there.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:00 PM

9. The same thought crossed my mind.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:10 PM

10. I agree

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:10 PM

11. Outrageous!

He should be removed from the bench.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:25 PM

12. No words!

Remove him now!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:26 PM

13. That county surrounds Springfield

GOP country for sure
Anti female country for sure
Various colleges in and around the area definitely
Our youngest was looking into them

I had a strong inclination to avoid the area
I won out
Turns out I have another reason to avoid area

Area also is pushed RIght TO WOrk in Missouri
VOting booth beat it back though

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