HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A Hannibal man was sentenced to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for child molestation.
Michael J. Stone received the maximum sentence allowed under the law after entering a plea of guilty and requesting a lesser sentence before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd.
Stone was arrested in April 2017 on charges of sexual abuse and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a probable cause statement, a child under 14 told her mother that from September to October 2016, Stone had forced her to engage in sexual acts and inappropriately touched her.
Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton said in a statement Saturday that the victim and her family have left the state.