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Sedgewickville man arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse of minor

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Michael Lappe, 31, of Sedgewickville has been charged with a Class C felony count of second-degree statutory sodomy and a misdemeanor child molestation charge in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl.

According to Bollinger County court documents, the girl's mother reported to the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department Friday that Lappe's wife had allegedly discovered Michael Lappe had been sexually involved with the girl for several months.

The juvenile was interviewed at the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence, where she admitted to having had sexual contact with Lappe.

Lappe was arrested Friday at his place of employment. If convicted, he faces a prison term carrying a maximum of seven years in prison, a fine up to $5,000 or a combination for the sodomy charge. The misdemeanor count carries a fine not to exceed $1,000, a year in the county jail, or a combination.

Lappe is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

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Someone needs to look out for the young children in this household. There are five under 5 years of age. Who is looking out for them? God forbid if it was their father.

-- Posted by Class Act on Mon, Nov 16, 2009, at 9:01 PM

I hope everyone will keep in mind (and in their prayers) this man's wife and little children. They are dealing with a horrible situation not of their own making.

-- Posted by pmiinch on Tue, Nov 17, 2009, at 11:44 AM

I don't know a thing about the history of their marriage, but I also don't really think this is the place to discuss all of that. Everyone makes mistakes, and I would think that none of us would want to be judged the way this woman is going to be so publicly and viciously judged (and, apparently, it's already started).

-- Posted by pmiinch on Tue, Nov 17, 2009, at 3:42 PM

Why do the child pornography guys get a more stiff sentence than these guys?!

I don't agree with either, but come on...this guy actually did some damage personally to a minor, please don't let him fall through the cracks. Nail him to the wall!

-- Posted by ZeRo1 on Wed, Nov 18, 2009, at 8:56 AM

He got out on bail prior to being arraigned. WHat does that say about the system? He continues to have access to the children involved. DFS needs to get moving on this and protect the children...at least get all the facts...It is becoming a What If world...always after the fact that the system acts.

-- Posted by Class Act on Wed, Nov 18, 2009, at 9:31 AM

God love the people who hide behind screen names who say what they want without knowing all of the facts. This is Michaels Wife. and I will not speak at this time about this situation, however, THANK YOU for the love and support of those who are being so supportive of my children as well as myself at this time. To those of you who have left messages on my phone with your thoughtful comments, and I have not called back, my main concern has been keeping my children in a normal life as much as possible at this time, and dealing with the issues at hand right now. I am greatful though and I will talk when I can. To those of you who want to make me out to be a monster, and take this time to get revenge, by bashing me, this is alright and I understand and I am not angry with you. I myself will stand before God and be humble on the Judgements that he will someday hand to me for sins that I have done in my past, just as everyone else. I know these comments will get worse as this story unfolds, some being true while some will be false.

I ask that during this time, while stones are being casted that I'm sure God will approve of since if you are saying things like this you would have never done anything that God would Judge unfit in his eyes, that you refrain from talking about my children. I am a good mother to my children and they are important to me. AND to stick up for DFS, they have interviewed me and my husband and found the children to be safe, If I felt they were not I would take alternitive measures, but I DO understand and thank the ones of you who are so concerned about my children. That does say something really good about you. I will not use this site as a place to fight or pleasure anyone by getting myself upset, because I DO HAVE 5 CHILDREN, 3 and under who need Mommy at her best. Thank You, Jamie Lappe.

-- Posted by 5angels4me on Wed, Nov 18, 2009, at 3:50 PM

I think it is rude for those of you who have suggested that the children be taken from both parents. Who are you to judge? While Mr. Lappe has clearly made a mistake, to suggest he is capable of abusing his own children is absurd, and out of line. I do not know the entire story or this family, nor is it my business to do so. For those of you who DO know; you are either an enemy of this family or a friend. To their enemies; kicking someone when they are down makes you no better than those that you are kicking. To their friends; if the situation were reversed, I'd hope your friends would offer prayers instead of gossip. People make mistakes. While some of these mistakes need punished under the law, we as people are not qualified to judge others. My prayers are with the ENTIRE Lappe family, as I know this will effect all of you in such a small town.

-- Posted by stlcardinalsfan06 on Thu, Nov 19, 2009, at 8:18 AM

Well said, stlcardinalsfan06!

-- Posted by pmiinch on Thu, Dec 3, 2009, at 12:11 PM

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