Jury Affirms No Means No, Rejects Victim Blaming

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo- A Lee’s Summit man was convicted Thursday by a Greene County Jury of Second degree Sodomy based on events that happened in November of 2013.

Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announced the conviction of 24-year-old Spencer Salm of Lee’s Summit.

The incident happened on November 22, 2013 when Salm was visiting friends who attended Missouri State University. According to the Greene County Prosecutor, evidence showed he and the victim went to a local club, began dancing, and were seen kissing each other. Salm and the victim ended up alone in the back seat of a car in the parking lot of an apartment complex near MSU.

The victim testified that she was comfortable kissing Salm but told him she would not go further. As he began making sexual advances, she repeatedly told him “no” and “stop.” The victim testified that Salm had sexual intercourse and deviate sexual intercourse without her consent.

Afterwards, she contacted a friend to get a ride.The friend testified the victim was hysterical and kept repeating, “I told him no.” When they returned to their dorm, MSU staff was contacted and the police and medical providers were notified.

According to the release, the jury deliberated for nearly three hours before returning its verdict, concluding a three day trial. The jury found Salm guilty of sodomy in the second degree and not guilty of rape in the second degree.

“This verdict was the result of a brave victim coming forward and her friends who helped her immediately after these events,” said Greene County Prosecutor Dan
Patterson.

The victim did not suffer any serious physical injuries which are often expected with violent crime.

The jury trial was presided over by The Honorable Thomas Mountjoy. Salm is subject to a sentence of up to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Judge Mountjoy set a sentencing hearing for October 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. following a sentencing assessment report by the Department of Probation and Parole.

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