Eric Ryan Crider of central Missouri is currently serving a 90-year prison sentence on three counts of first-degree child molestation in Callaway County. Crider was 32 at the time he sexually abused his victim in December 2014. She was thirteen.
Crider is appealing his conviction on the grounds that the Callaway County prosecutors failed to prove his victim was younger than fourteen at the time he was accused of abusing her. In his appeal, Crider argues that, under Missouri law, her age should be calculated from her date of conception, not her date of birth. As support, he cites a 1986 statute that declares, “The life of each human being begins at conception.”
If Crider prevailed on appeal, he could conceivably seek a new trial, one in which he’d face charges for second-degree child molestation, a class-B felony that carries a maximum sentence of fifteen years. He’d be facing a maximum of 45 years in prison, not 90.