|Larry Joe Smith Jr. was found guilty earlier this year of molesting two sisters in 2006 (mug shot LCSO)|
A former Stone County firefighter has been sentenced to ten years in prison for molesting two young siblings in 2006.
Special prosecutor Robert George says Larry Joe Smith Jr., 35, sodomized the boy and girl at his home in Reeds Spring when he babysat the siblings while their father attended firefighter training.
"Missouri law sets the minimum sentence of statutory sodomy of children under 12, at ten years," said George. "I had asked for a sentence of 15 to 20 years on each count. The victims were 9 and 6 at the time of the crime, and I believed, the acts warranted more than the minimum sentence."
Judge Gayle Crane found Smith guilty in October and sentenced him to ten years in prison on each count yesterday (11-28-11.) Those sentences are to be served concurrently (at the same time.)
George was appointed special prosecutor in Lawrence County after the case was moved there on a change of venue and after Stone County prosecutor Matt Selby recused himself from the case.