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Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Step-Daughter, 12-Year-Old Friend

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield man was sentenced to prison time Tuesday for the sexual abuse of his step-daughter and her friend in a period of time from 2005 to 2007.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield man was sentenced to prison time Tuesday for the sexual abuse of his step-daughter and her friend in a period of time from 2005 to 2007.

According to Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson, Eric P. Hicks, 39, of Springfield pleaded guilty to statutory rape in the first degree, two counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree and statutory rape in the second degree on January 30, 2013.

In a sentencing hearing on Dec. 17, Hicks was sentenced to 13 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the charges of first degree statutory rape and first degree sodomy.  He was also charged seven years for the charge of second degree statutory rape.

The sentences were ordered to run concurrently and probation was denied. 

Hicks will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole and when he is released from prison, he will be required to register as a sex offender.

According to a news statement, Hicks had custody of his step-daughter from 2000 to 2008.  Beginning in 2006, Hicks began having sexual relations with her at his house in Springfield.

During the same time period, Hicks also engaged in sexual relations with his step-daughters 12-year-old friend when she would come over to his house.

The incidents came to light in 2009, when Hicks’ step-daughter when to live with her biological mother.  The victims say they did not say anything sooner because they were afraid and the step-daughter said she looked at Hicks as a father figure.

Because Hicks agreed to plead guilty, the victims were spared having to take the witness stand and recount the details of the abuse.

Hicks also had to admit his guilt in open court with the victims present.

 
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