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From: Platte County Prosecuting Attorney "Eric Zahnd"

Date: May 17, 2010

Subject: Mother sentenced for videotaping sex with daughter

A mother who participated in the videotaped sexual abuse of her 16-


year-old daughter has been sentenced to 58 years in prison, despite a
recommendation from the Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission
that she receive probation. Bobbie Jo Geveshausen, 43, of Riverside,
received the sentence May 17 after earlier pleading guilty to five counts
of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of second degree
statutory sodomy.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said,


“It is difficult to imagine the depravity of a
mother who would willingly engage in the
sexual abuse of her own daughter. I can
think of no one—other than our state’s
Sentencing Advisory Commission—who
would recommend probation for such
unspeakable crimes.”

Judge Abe Shafer sentenced Geveshausen


to a total of 58 years in prison on seven
counts, all stemming from videotaped
incidents of Geveshausen and her
boyfriend, Edward D. Shockey, 35,
engaging in sexual acts with
Geveshausen’s16-year-old daughter.

The sentences imposed ignored the


recommendation of the Missouri
Sentencing Advisory Commission, which
was created to study sentencing practices
in Missouri and develop recommended Bobbie Jo Geveshausen
sentences for every crime. Its
recommendations are not binding on
judges.

Zahnd said, “The Sentencing Advisory Commission relies on cold


numbers and statistics to compute its recommended sentences. But
these cases have actual victims who have endured terrible acts of
violence committed by very real and evil criminals.”
The case against Geveshausen came to light September 29, 2008, when
the girl’s boyfriend went to the Riverside Department of Public Safety to
report a sexual assault of his girlfriend. The girl’s boyfriend said Shockey
had given him several DVDs which the boyfriend believed contained
music videos.

One of the DVDs actually contained videos of Geveshausen and Shockey


engaging in multiple sexual acts with the girl. The girl is visibly pregnant
in many of the videos.

Shockey was sentenced to 25 years in prison in December 2009 relating


to the same incidents.

Zahnd said, “It is outrageous that Missouri’s Sentencing Advisory


Commission believes a mother who videotapes the sexual exploitation of
her own daughter should receive probation. Any system that
recommends anything but substantial prison time for repeated acts of
horrendous sexual abuse is fundamentally broken. It is time for these
worthless recommended sentences to be abolished.”

The case was investigated by Riverside Department of Public Safety. It


was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Chris Seufert.

Eric G. Zahnd
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney
415 Third Street
Suite 60
Platte City, Missouri 64079
(816) 858-3476
(816) 858-3472 (fax)