A Vista, Cali. man has been found guilty of sex crimes in Audrain County.
The Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney, Jacob Shellabarger, announced yesterday that 40-year-old Matthew Randolph was found guilty of one count of Statutory Rape and two counts of Statutory Sodomy.
The case was heard in Montgomery County after a change of venue.
Randolph was found guilty of having sexual intercourse and committing sex acts with a 12-year-old relative in 2007. Evidence was shown that placed the dates of the crimes between June and August of that year.
During the time of the crimes, family and friends began noticing the extra attention Randolph was paying to the young girl, including buying her gifts and giving her money. The jury also hear testimony that the girl had disclosed the details of what happened to her friends, therapist, and eventually, investigators.
The jury found Randolph guilty of all three charges after three and a half hours of deliberation. He will be sentenced on May 4th in Circuit Court. He faces a minimum five years in prison and a maximum life sentence on each of the three counts.
Jacob Shellabarger commended the jury's decision and praised the young girl's courage in stepping forward and testifying against Randolph.
"Matt Randolph had no remorse for what he put this young woman through when she was 12-years-old," said Shellabarger. "She had a lot to lose by telling the truth, and she did it anyway, after protecting Mr. Randolph for his actions initially... 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."
Randolph's attorney has filed a motion for a new trial. The hearing for that motion and formal sentencing will take place May 4th.