Where a trial court in a statutory sodomy case allowed the child victim to testify behind a screen, the procedure violated the defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to confront the victim face to face, and the court erred in allowing the screen without making the required case-specific findings, but the error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt because the error did not contribute to the verdict.
Judgment is affirmed.
State v. Benitez (MLW No. 65093/Case No. SD32063 – 14 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, Rahmeyer, J.) Appealed from circuit court, Jasper County, Dally, J. (Jessica P. Meredith, Jefferson City, for respondent) (Margaret Mueller Johnston, Columbia, for appellant).