Where a juvenile appellant, who was found to have committed child molestation and was placed in joint state custody, argued that he did not act with the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire when he punched victim in her genitals, the evidence was insufficient to show the requisite purpose because the circumstances did not indicate that the contact was sexual in nature.
Judgment is reversed.
In the Interest of: C.B.K. v. Juvenile Officer (MLW No. 80735/Case No. ED111270 – 7 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, Clark II, J.) Appealed from circuit court, Lincoln County, Ash, J. (Jeffrey C. Esparza for appellant) (Michelle L. Krueger for respondent).