Convicted sex offender sentenced to 14 years

Monday, January 28, 2008 | 4:27 p.m. CST; updated 12:24 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

COLUMBIA - A convicted sex offender from Columbia was sentenced to 14 years in prison Monday.

A Boone County jury found Eric P. Saverson, 47, guilty of sexual assault and deviate sexual assault in November. An acquaintance said Saverson raped her after they smoked crack together March 11.

Boone County Circuit Court Judge Gary Oxenhandler sentenced Saverson to serve two consecutive seven-year terms.

Saverson pleaded guilty in 1995 to sexual assault after a 17-year-old girl told investigators he raped her. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Before today's sentencing, Boone County Assistant Prosecutor Andy Scholz said Saverson is a danger to society and that he was disappointed that he could only be incarcerated for 14 years. "I wish he could be sentenced to life," Scholz said.

Saverson asked the judge for leniency before the sentencing. He said he was innocent and that the victim's testimony was not credible.

"There is no evidence besides a crack addict's word," Saverson said.

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