by Valerie Verkamp
Attorney Scott Campbell of Platte City has filed an order with the Platte County Circuit Court to withdrawn his representation of a former Platte City businessman accused of sex crimes against children.
Campbell recently filed the order seeking to withdraw from representing Daryl Lemasters and the Judge Lee Hull approved that order last week.
Campbell said it would be inappropriate for him to state why he made the request to withdraw his representation. Missouri law limits the reasons an attorney may withdraw from a case.
Meanwhile, Lemasters has been provided with an application to have the public defender represent him. His next court appearance is set for this Thursday, May 24 at 9 a.m.
Lemasters’ jury trial was scheduled for June 25. A pre-trial conference was scheduled on June 7.
Lemasters has been charged with four first-degree statutory sodomy charges, the enticement of a child, and sexual exploitation of a minor. If convicted of these charges Lemasters could receive a sentence of life in prison.
Lemasters allegedly sexually abused two young females, ages 9 and 11. The young victims also allege Lemasters took video of them while they were undressed. The minors were interviewed by the Children's Advocacy Center after telling an adult about their alleged ordeal.
According to court documents, law enforcement officers discovered numerous items that matched the victims' description during a search of Lemasters' residence located at 16095 HH Highway in Platte County, as well as his business.
Prior to his arrest, Lemasters owned and operated the Copy Masters store located at 1110 Branch Street in Platte City.
Lemasters was booked in the Platte County Detention Center on Feb. 9, 2011. He remains in custody after his initial bond of $100,000 was increased to $200,000 last summer.
On Sept. 22, 2011 Campbell requested his client undergo a mental evaluation.
Joe Vanover, assistant prosecuting attorney, is prosecuting the case against Lemasters.