David B. Hufstedler, 55, of Mountain Grove, Missouri, was found guilty last week of two counts of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree. The trial was heard by Senior Judge D. Gregory Warren, who rendered the verdicts because Hufstedler had waived his right to a jury.
The State’s evidence showed that in 2010 and 2011, Hufstedler had sexually abused a six year old child on two separate occasions. The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Prosecutor John Garrabrant. Phelps County Prosecutor Brendon Fox said, “As a father of young children, I’m very pleased with the guilty verdict. Sgt. Nakanishi with RPD did an excellent investigation and Mr. Garrabrant tried one heck of a case.”
Mr. Hufstedler is set for sentencing on March 12, 2015 and faces from 10 to 30 years, or life imprisonment on each count. Additionally, given the victim’s age, he will have to serve 85% of whatever sentence he receives.