Mexico man guilty of rape and child molestation

Ralph Harbit was found guilty of Rape and Child Molestation.

A Mexico man was found guilty of the rape and molestation of a girl who was 8-10 years old when she was victimized.

According to Audrain County Prosecutor Jacob Shellabarger, 62-year-old Ralph Eugene Harbit was found guilty after the jury deliberated for about 25 minutes.

Shellabarger said Harbit terrorized the girl's family and showed no remorse. Harbit "used his position to abuse and harm her family to keep this girl silent. He divided a family and put a young girl in a position where she felt her whole world depended on keeping silent about what Ralph Harbit did to her."

Shellabarger thanked the Mid-Missouri Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse, whom he credited with providing support for the family.

Harbit will be sentenced on Oct. 20 and faces a prison term of from five to 45 years.

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