Former Cub Scout leader sentenced for sex crimes against children

A former Cub Scout leader from Platte City was sentenced to 180 years in prison on Thursday for sex crimes with children.

Lemasters, 55, was convicted in June on four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, enticement of a child and sexual exploitation of a minor. Lemasters was accused of sexually abusing two girls who were 9 and 11 years old when the crimes happened.

"As a result of his horrible crimes, this defendant will die in prison," Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said in a news release. "That is just and appropriate in light of his awful abuse over several years against two very young girls who considered him a father figure."

The jury recommended 30-year sentences for each count. A Platte County judge ordered the sentences to be run consecutively for a total of 180 years in prison. It was the maximum sentence available for the conviction.

Police started investigating Lemasters in February 2011. They said Lemasters had sexually abused the two girls over a four-year period.

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