HS man sentenced for sodomy

A Holts Summit man was sentenced Wednesday by Cole County Presiding Judge Pat Joyce to 10 years in prison for pleading guilty to a charge of first-degree statutory sodomy involving a 6-year-old girl in Jefferson City.

A charge of first-degree child molestation against Anthony Basnett, 27, had been dismissed earlier.

According to a Jefferson City police probable cause statement, Basnett admitted to investigators that he had performed sexual acts on the girl several times between February and May 2010 at a residence on Williams Street.

An investigation was initiated after a child abuse hotline call was received by the Missouri Department of Social Services and the victim’s mother contacted police.

Police said Basnett provided a handwritten apology letter addressed to the victim, confessing to the crime.

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