St Joe Man, 62, Charged With Child Molestation

Posted 1 year ago

By John P Tretbar

John Lawrence

John Lawrence

A 62-year-old St Joseph man is being held without bond on charges of molesting a young girl in his care who was less than eleven years old.

John Lawrence is charged with one count of child molestation in the first degree.

According to court documents, Lawrence molested the victim on numerous occasions over a one to two year time period.

 

Arraignment is scheduled Tuesday morning. A judge ordered Lawrence held without bond because he poses a continuing danger to the victim.


  • concerned american

    rot in hell!!!!

    Current score: 11
  • Candy

    He has to get “Life/without”! Child molesters cannot be treated.

    Current score: 5
    • http://yahoo Mikey

      So you are qualifed to be judge, jury and executioner? I’m guessing you have ALL of the facts that would enable you to send a man to prison THEN straight to hell.

      No, I am not defending him, just saying there MIGHT be some facts missing in a 1000 word blurb in the local news.

      Current score: 1
      • Candy

        You bet I’m qualified! I am a human, a citizen and a Mother! This guy has had numerous calls on him from teachers, parents, etc. DFS did nothing! He should go to prison for life with no possibility of parole!

        Current score: 7
        • brenda

          Do you personally know this man & his wife & their family? If you don’t know them personally then you have no room to talk. I know them personally. They were foster parents to my nephews children and never did anything to them. Where is the proof????

          Current score: 1
          • Candy

            No, I don’t know them. I know people who have called in on them and go to “church” with them. There are folks in that church that would not let him within a mile of their children.

            Current score: 4
          • Candy

            I forgot to mention, these predetors don’t prey on children who have a family around who is working to get them back. It’s too dangerous, they could get caught to easily. They only prey on the ones who are mentally challenged or who don’t have families around. It is a very careful process for a molester to pick their prey, especially if they have been doing it for a while and have been close to being caught before.
            Don’t preach to the choir honey. 10 foster homes in 5 years. I been there, done that, in more ways than 1!

            Current score: 7
          • Craig

            I do personally know this man and his wife. And the ten year old girl involved! Watch the news tonight on WDAFTV4 (FOX) at 5:30 and again at 6 or 6:30. Maybe you’ll be a little more informed about the couple you are so eager to defend…

            Current score: 8
          • Mother

            Would your nephew’s children be one of the ones that he duct taped their mouths shut as punishment? This guy has a history of child abuse! I’d take some care in thinking about what really happened to your relatives.

            Current score: 2
        • Girl’s Family

          Candy, I am a biological family member of the girl involved. It would be wonderful if you could contact me. (no other involvement necessary) at Aglasstech@gmail.com. It could help get her back home.Thank you so much.

          Current score: 2
          • Candy

            I don’t know how I could possibly help? I will contact you.

            Current score: 2
          • Girl’s Family

            Thank you Candy :)

            Current score: 1
  • Craig

    This man and his wife have been foster parents to many potential victims since the mid-nineties. They were allowed to continue as foster parents, and even to adopt children, even after duct-taping a child’s mouth! The State of Missouri CPS protected them in spite of these admitted allegations. CPS should be held accountable!

    Current score: 20
  • Bmilne

    What a SICK SICK man…I hope he gets the MAXIUM penalty!!! Disgusting!!!!!!!!!!

    Current score: 2
  • Very Concerned!!!!

    SHAME ON CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES!!!! And we as citizens are not supposed to get upset when these kinds of things happen???? Just exactly who is CPS protecting???? It sure as hell isn’t the innocent children! I’m sorry to say that I don’t have much faith in our system because of this exact type of injustice!!!!

    Current score: 14
  • sick

    And this man had the gall to go to Church with his family every week.

    Current score: 2
    • http://yahoo Mikey

      Church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.

      I gues YOU are without sin?

      Current score: 2
      • Craig

        A trip to church every week to consider one’s self forgiven for the past weeks’ sins is NOT a license to go hog wild until your visit next Sunday! And Mikey, yes most people sin… but they don’t usually sexually assault children!

        Current score: 7
      • Candy

        Your statement is correct. However, I’m pretty sure this guy was using church as a sheild. Not to confess his sins every week. He knew it would be a good “cover” for him.
        I wish they still had public executions! As soon as his trial was over, and he was found guilty, he should be hanged. His wife had to know what was going on as well. She should probably stretch a little rope as well.
        Sound harsh? We as a society need to get a little more harsh….. all this hand holding and well wishing and talking about it has made us a weak society with weak and sick people in it who serve little if no time for their crimes and they are put back into society very quickly to repeat their offenses or worse!

        Current score: 7
        • really?

          no, the wife doesn’t always HAVE to know. People do things at night, or while no one else is home….no way can you blame the mother too unless you know for sure.

          Current score: 3
          • Candy

            These people have been married a long time. So have I. If my husband was doing something like this……I WOULD KNOW! You can’t tell me that the kid and the guy were not acting different or weird.
            You take it from a kid who has been there. She knew. She either didn’t want sex from him or didn’t want beat, but bet your **s she knew!

            Current score: 8
  • Glistening Ray of Light

    If only the Juvenile Office’s recommendation had been followed back in 2006, but the adoption specialist from the DFS thought he/she knew best.

    How very sad.

    Current score: 7
    • sick

      A true statement, this would not have happened if evil people were not working in the background for desperate, evil people.

      Current score: 5
  • Guilty Until Proven Innocent??

    Kids aren’t always angels….When I was a kid, a foster girl was mad at her parents and made up a lie about something like this. The guy went to jail until she came clean.

    Start bashing once the truth is known!

    Current score: 2
    • Craig

      The truth IS known to many that are posting here. This child has been through unspeakable evils, not all at the hands of this pedophile. Your sympathy is understood but misplaced.

      Current score: 7
    • Robin

      No kids are not always angels, and some do lie about this. But, in this case that man has been found to have abused before. If an abuser can get away with it they get bolder and bolder. Yes innocent until proven guilty but do not DARE to start blaming the victim as a liar. The victim is the ONE innocent in this equasion. And would still be innocent if DFS had not taken the side of this abuser years ago!!! As Craig said, your sympathy is understandable but very misplaced.

      Current score: 6
  • Robin

    Yeah the facts that are missing is how much emotional damage he put this child through. It is a documented fact he had abused children before, maybe not this way but abuse is abuse!!! Who knows how many other children in their care as foster children were abused. But CPS needed a bed and wow amazing, they were available. And the fact that they let them adopt makes me and should make anyone else want to puke. It just goes to show, it is who you know not what you are that influences the court. That was proven with this family years ago!!! The best for the child was not done then, it was not even close!!!!

    Current score: 10
  • Guilty Until Proven Innocent??

    I’ve been a child in his care many times and I know many others who have too. None of us had any issues like this. I’m not defending or accusing but we don’t know the facts about this allegation.

    Current score: 1
  • PC

    Read the Probable Cause. It says that according to both the victim and the suspect, the abuse went on for a one to two year period. Sounds to me like he confessed. So I’m not really sure why people are calling the VICTIM a liar.

    Current score: 5
    • Candy

      Amen…….nuff said. ;-)

      Current score: 4
      • Girl’s family2

        Candy, I am the wife of Girls family Aglasstech@gmail.com and are very concerned. We are looking for direction, please contact us it would be deeply appreciated. No other personal involment needed. Thank you.

        Current score: 3
        • Girl’s Family

          If anyone has ANY information about any calls to DFS or odd or questionable behavior by this man, (even if it is rumor), please contact us at Aglasstech@gmail.com. Any info might prove important. Your name or other personal information or involvement will NOT be necessary. A simple e-mail might change this child’s future. Thank you!

          Current score: 3
  • been thru this

    Just so you know St Joe is known for letting child molesters go free. The prosecutor doesn’t like the kids to testify even if all the evidence is there. Good luck and prayers to the family.

    Current score: 4
    • Girl’s family2

      Thanks you we will need all the prayers, it is time for this to stop.

      Current score: 2
    • Girl’s family2

      Letting these kind of people go free is exactly why people need to step up and stand up against the status quo in St Joe. Bullies taking advantage of others when they are down. Please contact Aglasstech@gmail.com to fight for this child and others in St Joe.

      Current score: 1
  • Girl’s family2

    Today this man is being let out on bail. Bail is being put up by his church of all things, the church is also putting him up in housing. What kind of world do we live in?

    Current score: 1
    • Robin

      It is sad if they will let him out and even more sad that a church, no matter if it is his or not, will fund the bail for someone accused of such a thing. Yes people are supposed to be innocent before proven guilty but, a church should not be involved. He must be a huge supporter and money maker for them.

      Current score: 2
      • Craig

        Were the other members of his church even aware that they were funding his release? Surely there are many families that attend this church that also have young children of their own that would not condone the use of, or possible loss of their church’s funds to protect a man that could not be trusted alone in a room with THEIR children! What is this town doing, for god’s sake??

        Current score: 1
    • Girl’s family2

      Check Fox4 again tonight

      Current score: 1
      • Girl’s Family

        Thank you ALL for the information you have provided! All the info will be thoroughly investigated and will certainly help in our efforts to help this child. If there are ANY OTHER people that have any information, even if it is just rumour or observation or even speculation, please contact us at Aglasstech@gmail.com. We will NOT require your names or contact info., just the lead will be enough! Thank you so much…

        Current score: 1
  • sick

    The pastor from their church is going to set this guy up with an apartment if he gets out on bond? He’s supposed to have no contact with the child but he’ll be living in an apartment provided by the pastor? What happens when this little girl goes to church with her “mother”? By having the church put him up, they’re almost guaranteeing that he’ll have contact with the child. I pray that the judge sees through this and denies bail.

    Current score: 2
  • I wish people would quit speculating

    Get the facts before spreading all this rubbish. If you know this man & his wife, you know the little girl as well. I pray for her to have the strength and courage to face him in court if need be. I pray that John has enough decency to change his plea so she doesn’t have to suffer anymore. I pray for all of the hurt that this family is suffering right now to be lifted as they get the counseling they need to move past this.

    Current score: 1
    • A Mother

      I Pray that if it’s the Lord’s will that this man and his wife find it in their hearts to bring the little girl back to her family. I pray that regardless of how damaged they are, that the Lord’s love can shine through them onto this little girl, that they can Love her enough to sacrifice their own desires for what’s best for her. They tried to Love her and adopt her and be parents, but I pray that they understand that this is not something that they need to get through as a family. That it’s okay to accept that they are not a family.
      I pray for this man and for his wife. I pray that he can be shown God’s Love and he can fill whatever hole is missing in this man’s heart that is driving his need to do these things. I pray for strength and wisdom the wife, for I cannot imagine what a struggle it must be to know that this is the life your husband leads.
      I pray for the children previous who have been in their care, I pray that any abuse that has not come to light like this case or the case with the duct tape, that those children can come to accept that this was done by a man who was not all right. That those actions are not okay, they are not acceptable, that is not Love. I pray that they come to know Love.
      I pray for the legal system, that the Lord gives them wisdom. I pray that the Lord’s wisdom guides the judges direction.
      I pray for the child custody workers who placed this girl in that home. I pray that there hearts are healed from whatever guilty feelings they may have. I pray for wisdom for them for the next decision that they may face.
      And I pray for the little girl, every day, hard. I pray that she know the Love of Christ, that she knows the Love her family has for her. That she comes to know the fight that they are putting up to bring her HOME. That she knows that she is truly Wanted, and Loved and Special. That she knows that the way that she was treated is Not okay, that it is Not Love. I pray that when she comes home (Lord I’m praying it true) she learns the true Love of a father. So many girls today are looking to fill the hole left by not knowing a good father and she has one, it may be grandpa and that’s perfect. He Loves her!

      Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

      …Always Perseveres!

      Current score: 1
      • Candy

        Everything you have said is pretty and sweet and I agree with most of it. Howerver, I do not love this man. I leave that to God. Yes, I know it says in the Bible that I should. I guess that is a judgement that I am willing to accept when I die, that I could not show love or sympathy for a BABY RAPER!
        I am hurt and sad and a little angry, on this little girl’s behalf, that these people fought so hard against the biological family for this little girl just so John could molest her. I am ashamed that there is nothing I can do to help this little girl. I don’t know any of them personally and have only heard second hand stories and the news reports. I can however sympathize with her. As a foster child myself for many years I have run into the occasional pedorast. Those men or Foster brothers who thought I was easy pickens. I am one of the lucky ones, I had a mouth and I knew how to use it, and I did. No harm came to me thank the Lord God our Father.
        I had a rough childhood, but it was nothing compared to what this little girl has endured. I will pray for her. I will say a prayer for John and his wife also. It will be a prayer that God Almighty does his bidding in this case and shows justice!

        Current score: 2
        • Candy

          However. Sorry. They need spellcheck on this site! LOL :)

          Current score: 0
          • Girl’s family2

            Any information or leads can help get justice for this little girl. Once again if you have anything at all please contact Girl’s Family at the above e-mail. In the meantime please pray for her well being.

            Current score: 0