Rolla Man Gets Three Consecutive Life Sentences for Child Sexual Abuse

ROLLA, Mo.-- A Rolla man has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences and 22 years for the sexual abuse of a child.

49-year-old Lawrence Mullen was found guilty of two counts of statutory sodomy, sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of child pornography, and use of a child in a sexual performance. Mullen was found guilty in July 2017.

 Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney, Brendon Fox said, "This was one of the most horrible cases I have ever had to prosecute. Mr. Mullen subjected his five-year-old victim to horrible sexual abuse and photographed himself doing it. Additionally, he had many images of child pornography on his computer. I’m thankful for the victim’s mother for coming forward and making sure he couldn’t have any more victims. I’m thankful for the investigation by the Det. Sgt. Hank Harper and the others at RPD. I’m thankful for the excellent forensic computer work performed by Inv. Wayne Becker. I’m thankful for the work by Moriah Joplin and everyone else at all Child Advocacy Centers statewide. And I am thankful for the assistance at trial by Assistant Prosecutor Kara Breshears and my Legal Assistant Linda Morris. This was a big win for the good guys and we can all rest a little easier knowing Lawrence Mullen can never hurt another child.”

Police say the investigation started May 4, 2016, when they got a report of child molestation at a house on E. 11th Street while she was visiting there.

A search warrant was served on the house June 14.  Police say they seized several electronic devices that had digital images, including evidence of the molestation.


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