A Mexico, Mo. man could be sentenced to as many as 500 years in prison after an Audrain County jury convicted him on 28 counts of sex crimes.
According to a press release issued by Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger, Darran Wade Boston, age 40, was found guilty by a jury after a two-day trial April 13-14. The jury of six men and six women deliberated for just an hour and a half.
Boston was convicted of three counts of Statutory Rape in the First Degree, six counts of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree, three counts of Statutory Rape in the Second Degree, five counts of Statutory Sodomy in the Second Degree, three counts of Child Abuse in the First Degree, two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, two counts of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance, two counts of Child Molestation in the First Degree, and one count each of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree and Possession of More than Twenty Images of Child Pornography.
“This jury was amazing – they were focused, attentive, and were exposed to things we all hope no one ever has to see or experience – child sexual abuse and abuse of children,” Shellabarger said. “The jurors stayed focused on the State’s evidence, which included numerous images of child pornography – and are to be commended for their toughness and diligence in holding this abuser accountable through their guilty verdicts in each of these counts. I know this case must have been haunting and difficult to experience as a juror, and many of the jurors were dabbing away tears as the verdicts were read.”
Judge Wesley C. Dalton will sentence Boston on June 24, where he could face a minimum 10 years in prison with a maximum term of more than 500 years imprisonment. The case was tried by Prosecuting Attorney Shellabarger and former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and current Assistant Attorney General Ashley Turner.
“Darran Boston took no responsibility for the repeated torture, abuse, pain and suffering he caused to these innocent survivors,” Shellabarger said. “These brave, smart, and beautiful young women had the courage to rise above this abuser’s power and control to tell this jury and our community about what happened to them. Thanks to this jury’s de-cision, they can grow stronger, more confident and discover who they will become beyond this abuse. The jury was very attentive to the evidence, and stayed focused on the facts through the entire two-day trial, and I commend them for their verdict. Child sexual abuse is a cowardly crime. It’s a secret crime that makes a child feel as if they’ve done something wrong, and can scar a child’s body and their spirit. This jury has delivered a powerful message to this community that those who hurt our most vulnerable deserve the maximum sentence the law allows.”
Boston raped, sodomized, abused and exploited two young girls in Audrain County during a 21-month period between 2013 and 2015, documenting the abuse with photographs.
“This case is a testament to the power of the multi-disciplinary team approach in working cases,” Shellabarger said. “Each involved agency: the Mexico Public Safety Department, the Audrain County Juvenile Office, Missouri Children’s Division, the Rainbow House Regional Child Advocacy Center, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office have been invaluable in working this case thoroughly and intensely since the investigation began last July. During April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month, this jury has sent a loud, clear message to child abusers and those who sexually abuse children: as a community, we will find you, we will prosecute you, and we will hold you accountable with all available resources. Our victim’s advocate, Leigh Thomas, and our community victims’ advocacy groups, including the Audrain County Crisis Intervention Services, and the Mid-Mo Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), have been patient beyond measure and supportive through the entire criminal justice process, and will continue to provide that wrap-around support that is crucial for young victims – that they are supported, safe and protected. Our community must make sure the victim-blaming mentality is put to rest, as these victims faced vicious treatment from others in the community – calling names, physical abuse – for telling the truth about Darran Boston, their abuser.”