Monett fugitive captured, now faces 8 felony charges

Saturday, December 13, 2014

54-year-old on run since March, arrested in Michigan

A Monett man on the run since March has been apprehended in Saginaw, Mich., and transported to the Barry County jail.

Lawrence Konsdorf, 54, of Monett, is facing three counts of first-degree child molestation, class B felonies, three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, unclassified felonies, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child-sexual conduct, a class C felony, and incest, a class D felony.

"Every now and then, someone who knows there's a warrant out will run to wherever and think they are free, then they get picked up for whatever reason and are transported back," said Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff.

According to a probable cause statement filed on March 26, Konsdorf allegedly committed the acts between 2009 and 2014, the most recent occasion being March 6-8 at homes in Monett and in Shell Knob.

The victim in the case is Konsdorf's 13-year-old biological daughter. On March 18, Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Terry Meek reported attending a CAC interview at the children's center in Monett. According to the victim's statement, she was forced to perform sexual acts with Konsdorf, sometimes twice per day, and vice versa. The victim reported the crimes first took place when she was 9 years old, stopping when she reported them at the age of 13.

According to Lt. Randy Pfau of the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office, Konsdorf was booked into the Saginaw County jail on Nov. 30 by a trooper with the Michigan State Police's Tri-City Post. The Monett Times has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Michigan State Police for the report from Konsdorf's arrest. The information had not been received as of press time.

Konsdorf is set for a disposition hearing on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in front of Associate Circuit Judge Victor Head.

It is the policy of The Monett Times not to report the names of minors victims when alleged crimes of this nature occur.

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