Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dad gets life in prison for raping, sodomizing daughter for five years (Johnson County, Missouri)

No mention of the mother anywhere. I suspect that this was a custody/visitation situation, very possibly involving full custody for the father. Sexual abusers very often prefer to have full access/possession of their victims with no possibly interference from "pesky" moms.

Dad is identified as DARRON J. CHAPMAN.

Life sentence for Chapman in child sex abuse case

Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:19 am | Updated: 11:15 am, Wed Aug 26, 2015.
Posted on Aug 26, 2015

by Dave Marner

A former area resident was sentenced Thursday to 75 years in prison for sexually abusing his own daughter over a 5-year period which ended this past summer with the his arrest.

Rob Russell, prosecuting attorney of Johnson County, said Johnson County Circuit Judge Mike Wagner sentenced Darron J. Chapman, now 38, to four “life terms” of 30 years, to be served concurrently, and three additional 15-year terms — to be served consecutively to each other — following completion of the 30-year terms.

Chapman pleaded guilty in June to felony charges of statutory rape, three counts of statutory sodomy, first-degree child molestation, and two counts of possession of child pornography.

“There really wasn’t going to be probation in this case,” said Russell. “The true depths of this tragedy, the horrible and despicable nature, was not really made public. As a father, this is a case that’s almost unfathomable and you hope you never have one like this again.”

Chapman admitted to raping and sodomizing his own daughter on her fifth birthday in 2008. He was also charged with deviate sexual intercourse with her on a Father’s Day. Russell said the sexual assaults took place over a 5-year period until the girl was 10-years-old.

The allegations first came to light last summer, said Russell. The girl had been working on a history project about the Civil War during the school year. Russell said she told authorities she had been reading about how slaves were considered property and how females were often exploited by their owners.

“She put two-and-two together and though she was being treated like women in those textbooks,” said Russell.

When the girl questioned her father about his actions, Russell said investigators learned Chapman showed his daughter video clips of child pornography.

“He showed her adult on child pornography and told her this was normal father-child behavior,” said Russell.

Details of his crimes came to light in June 2014 when the girl underwent a forensic examination conducted by staff at ChildSafe of Missouri in Sedalia, Mo.

Chapman, who has been jailed in lieu of a $500,000 cash only bond since his arrest in July 2014, pleaded guilty on June 15 to all seven felony charges against him.

“I still can’t get my head around this,” said Russell who was glad the case was over and that the sentencing reflected the crime’s impact on the victim. “I think that’s reflected on how the court’s thought process was applied in sentencing. “It’s just despicable what he did.”

Russell said nothing in the Warrensburg police department’s year-long investigation indicated there were any other victims other than Chapman’s daughter. Chapman resigned his position of 13 years as information technology director for the Warrensburg school district only days prior to being arrested last summer.

“There’s no indication he had any other victims in this case,” said Russell.

Chapman was arrested June 24, 2014, attempting to enter Gasconade County.