Probation revoked, Koch will serve 10 years in prison

Andrew Koch will observe Christmas this year, and likely many more holidays, in prison after his probation was revoked. He will serve his original 10-year sentence for child molestation.
Koch, 20, was originally charged with four counts of first-degree child molestation when he was arrested in August of 2016; the charges were later amended to two counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of first-degree sodomy. At the time of his arrest, Koch was living in the Lawrence County side of Monett.
According to the probable cause statement of the original case, the mother of the victim, a girl under the age of 10 at the time the abuse occurred, reported that she believed her daughter had been molested. The girl was interviewed at the Monett Child Advocacy Center, where she told the interviewer about the abuse.
Koch was interviewed a week later, and according to the probable cause statement, he admitted to molesting the girl on five occasions between December of 2015 and June of 2016.
According to online records, Koch pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation in January of 2017 as part of a plea agreement. The two counts of sodomy were dismissed without prejudice. In March of 2017, Koch was sentenced to 10 years in prison for each count of child molestation, with the sentences to run concurrently. A motion to reconsider was filed, and according to online records, Koch’s sentence was set aside on May 15, 2018 to avoid “manifest injustice.” He was given five years supervised probation; the terms of this probation included being subject electronic monitoring with GPS at all times, having no unsupervised contact with any minor, and residing at Recovery Chapel in Springfield and abiding by all of their rules.
Online records state Koch was arrested for violating the terms of his probation on Aug. 15, 2018, and held in the Lawrence County Jail without bond. Records state he was living in Republic at the time of his arrest. It is unclear what the violation was.
During a probation violation hearing on Nov. 14, Koch was found to have violated the terms of his probation. He was sentenced to prison on Monday, Dec. 10.


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