Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that RICHARD GEORGE ANDERSON of Branson, Missouri was found guilty by a jury after a two day trial of child molestation in the first degree. The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated for about two hours before handing down the guilty verdict against RICHARD GEORGE ANDERSON, a former law enforcement officer.
In late October of 2004, a disclosure was made by a 6-year-old minor child that RICHARD GEORGE ANDERSON had touched the childâ€™s penis and buttocks with his mouth. Investigation was conducted by the Taney County Sheriffâ€™s Department and Missouri Childrenâ€™s Division.
In 2007, the charge was brought against RICHARD GEORGE ANDERSON by then newly elected Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, after the charge remained unfiled since it was received from the Sheriffâ€™s Department in November of 2004.
Formal sentencing in the matter is set for January 21, 2010. The class B felony of child molestation of has a range of punishment of five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.