Camden County, Mo - The Camden County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is announcing the sentencing of a man for multiple sex offenses.
On April 17th, Andrew Wayne Lester was convicted by a jury of five counts of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree, involving a child under the age of twelve. Mr. Lester waived jury sentencing.
Thursday, July 26, Lester was sentenced to twenty years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each of the five counts of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree.
The investigation into Lester’s crimes began when a child under the age of twelve, known to him, reported inappropriate contact to a trusted adult.
In a news release, the Prosecuting Attorney for this case thanked the victim and their caregivers saying, “Their unrelenting courage is what made this conviction possible. This child made the conscious decision to speak out—not only to stop this assault, but to protect those younger children who could not speak for themselves. I am lucky to have known them and I am humbled by their bravery.”
The Prosecuting Attorney's Office states if a child discloses abuse to you, please contact the Children’s Division Hotline at 1-800-392-3738.