Christopher Hidy pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree child molestation and one count of tampering/attempting to tamper with a victim this week for his involvement in sex-related crimes committed nearly three years ago. The 45-year-old ex-softball coach changed his plea of not guilty to guilty during a court proceeding Monday in Henry County.
Hidy had originally pleaded not guilty to the charges on Sept. 19, 2019, and bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety Oct. 5, 2019. Five days later, Hidy posted a 10% or $10,000 bond.
Windsor residents seemed pleased Hidy had pleaded guilty on all counts.
“Well, I’m glad that he finally pled guilty and stood up to take his punishment,” said Bill Irwin, of Windsor, on Wednesday. “I heard the story of the girls and the softball team. And I heard that later on, when it was getting ready to go to trial, one of the fathers and him had a little fisticuffs down by the Casey’s store, I guess he beat him up pretty good.”
Irwin stated he knew of Hidy as owning a local grass-cutting business in addition to coaching the recreational softball team.
According to a probable cause statement, on about July 7, 2018, Hidy had a pool party and sleepover at his residence for the girls on the softball team. Detective William Adams Sr. made contact with the father of one of the girls regarding a possible sexual assault. The detective was advised a female, age 12, had reported Hidy as assaulting her.
“He actually doesn’t live very far away from me, only just a couple of blocks,” Patricia Blevens, of Windsor, told the Democrat Wednesday. “I also live by the elementary school and there are lots of children in the neighborhood. When I read about the case in the neighborhood, I found it really disturbing, especially since it appeared like there were no parents involved with the activities.”
The probable cause statement also says that on July 18, 2018, Adams stated he received a copy of an interview conducted by Child Safe of Central Missouri. According to the interview, Hidy had touched the girls inappropriately in the swimming pool and later during the sleepover. Hidy asked one of the children not to tell anyone three different times and later Hidy was recorded as he contacted one of the girls by phone expressing remorse for his actions.
“I feel bad for the kids and the families,” said Blevens. “If he did what he was accused of doing I think that he needed to plead guilty and he needs to be punished for it and people need to know who this man is. I think parents need to be there when their kids are involved in activities with other adults so they can observe what’s going on with their children.”
Hidy is scheduled to be sentenced at 3 p.m. Monday, July 19 in Henry County Circuit Court.
Source: by Chris Howell | Sedalia Democrat