Curtis J. Lasley, age 34, of Vandalia, Mo., pled guilty to the felonies of enticement of a child, child molestation in the first degree, and the misdemeanor of sexual misconduct, receiving a total sentence of seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Circuit Judge Wesley Dalton sentenced Lasley on Monday, January 23 at the Audrain County Courthouse in Mexico.
According to a press release issued by Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger, Lasley encouraged a 13-year-old female acquaintance to engage in sexual activity with him and touched her body.
“This happened to the Audrain County teen during the summer of 2016,” Shellaberger said in the release. “The victim spoke today at sentencing, thanking our office and a special group of bikers for helping her overcome Lasley’s actions.”
The victim expressed her thankfulness in her remarks.
“I was having nightmares and couldn’t sleep, and I have lost so many friends but have gained them too,” she said. “I have so much support in this room it shows me that I have people with me who care. Without [their] help I wouldn’t have been able to do this…BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) isn’t just a group of bikers who came into my life, they made me feel protected and loved…They aren’t just bikers to me, they are family. Thanks to you guys I don’t have to be afraid anymore.”
“Although Mr. Lasley took responsibility for his actions through today’s plea, serving seven years in prison for these crimes, the victim, family and community continue to live with the after effects of his actions,“ Shellabarger noted. “The family spoke today about the harmful effect Mr. Lasley’s predatory actions in gaining her trust, then touching and harassing her had on this family and our community…When this brave young woman came forward, it took extraordinary bravery and courage to overcome Lasley’s circle of influence, his family and friends. Too often, sexual abuse is a crime that makes its victims, innocent children, feel as if they’ve done something wrong. That’s just not true; children are not responsible for their own abuse, only adults are. In this case, our victim can grow and heal, knowing that she told the truth, was taken seriously, is loved and supported, and is now safe from him…The State Technical Assistance Team (STAT) with the Department of Health & Senior Services, working with the Vandalia Police Department, were invaluable in working this case thoroughly and intensely since the investigation. “Rainbow House Child Advocacy Center in Columbia also allowed our victim to tell the truth about her abuse is a safe, appropriate and caring atmosphere. All of these team members came together to help our office hold an offender accountable and help a young woman tell the truth about her abuser. They are examples of excellent investigation and advocacy work, protecting and serving our community.”
The case number is 16AU-CR00605.