On the morning of Friday, February 28th, Cody James Everhart formerly of Lake Lotawana plead guilty to a single count of 1st Degree Statutory Sodomy in the sexual assault of a 13 year old Jackson County teenager.
The attack occurred in an unincorporated section of Jackson County adjacent to the Lake Lotawana city line in August of 2013.
Everhart, in a plea agreement, plead to the statutory sodomy and the dismissal of the other outstanding charges, forcible rape and statutory rape.
In the plea agreement, Everhart will be spending the next twelve years with the Missouri Department of Corrections. The location of his confinement has not been released yet.
The incident captured public attention for more than just a heinous attack on a 13 year old child. Everhart, age 22 at the time, texted the child’s mother after the attack to apologize. Court records state that he texted
“Omg im so sorry...it was the biggest mistake IV ever made plz I’m sorry plz don’t call the cops.... Ihave kids...plz I will do whatever u want I’m so sorry.” He then followed with another text: “Plz call me mam I’m so scared right now I feel like my whole world is gona crash dwon on me...”
He was arrested the day of the attack, and it would appear that he had in fact brought his world down around himself.
Hopefully, the child and her family can eventually rebuild their lives with the consolation that some justice was meted out.
[Reporters note: Information continues to incorrectly infer that the attack occurred in Lake Lotawana. The case was handled by the Jackson County Sheriff Department because of the location of the attack. The text above is correct and not a typo.]