Roger L. Peek Jr., 24, of Clinton, Missouri has been sentenced to thirteen (13) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for statutory sodomy of a child less than twelve years of age.
Prosecuting Attorney, LaChrisha Gray, filed charges in June 2019 based on an incident that occurred in May of that year in which Peek had been babysitting several children. On that occasion, Peek engaged in a sexual act with one of the children.
The case had been set for trial a number of times since 2019, but ultimately Peek entered a plea of guilty to statutory sodomy.
On January 17, 2023, a sentencing hearing was held before the Circuit Court, wherein the Court heard argument from both sides and sentenced the defendant to thirteen (13) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
The law requires Peek to serve eighty-five percent (85%) of the sentence before being eligible for parole. Peek will have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. Peek will also be subject to a special form of supervision as a sex offender for his life.
Prosecuting Attorney LaChrisha Gray states, “No amount of years in prison will ever make up for the damage and trauma to the victim or the victim’s family. Protecting the victim from further anguish by being subjected to the demands of the justice system, but also ensuring that the victim and other children could continue through childhood while the defendant is in custody was of paramount importance.”