A Kaiser man has pled guilty to statutory sodomy and child molestation from a sexual assault of a girl under the age of 14 in June 2018.
Anthony M. Lopez, 49, is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 16, 2019. He pled guilty to first degree statutory sodomy and third degree child molestation in Miller County Circuit Court on Nov. 14, 2018. Statutory sodomy is an unclassified felony with a minimum punishment of 10 years in prison. Child molestation is a Class C felony with a punishment range of three to 10 years in prison.
Miller County Prosecutor Ben Winfrey thanked Captain Michael Rayhart and the deputies of the Miller County Sheriff’s Office for their work in resolving the case.
Lopez will remain in the custody of the sheriff’s office on an arrest warrant in lieu of a $200,000 bond while he awaits sentencing.
The plea means Lopez specifically confesses to “deviant sexual contact” and “sexual contact” with a child on June 9, 2018. According to the probable cause statement filed against Lopez by police, the report was originally reported to Osage Beach Police from Lake Regional Hospital where the girl was being treated.
The crime occurred at the Parkside Trailer Park in Kaiser where Lopez lived. Lopez met the child at the community laundromat and brought her back to his trailer where he perpetrated the crimes.
A child forensic interview was completed by Kids Harbor where she told the same story as she had at the hospital.
Lopez initially admitted to speaking with the girl and having her at his residence but denied the assault allegations. A consent search of his residence by police provided evidence that corroborated the girl’s statements.
On June 11, 2018, Lopez waived his Miranda Rights and admitted that the girl’s story was true. Lopez admitted that he knew what he was doing was wrong but that he had been drinking.