A Moberly man accused of 35 sex crimes against children has chosen to represent himself after dismissing his public defender and a private attorney.
Scotty Reynolds, 43, was initially charged Aug. 5 with 25 felony sex crimes against five underage girls between six and 13 years old.
Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Luntsford filed an amended complaint Nov. 12 that added six charges to that case, which now totals 10 counts of second-degree child molestation of a child under 12, five counts each of endangering the welfare of a child through sexual contact and statutory sodomy of a child under 12, four counts of third-degree child molestation of a child under 14, three counts of first-degree statutory rape of a child under 12, and two counts each of first-degree statutory rape and statutory sodomy, both involving children under 14.
About a month after his arrest, another girl, 14, reported she had been molested by Reynolds and Luntsford on Dec. 12 charged him with second-degree statutory sodomy, first-degree child molestation and two counts of fourth-degree child molestation.
The alleged victims detailed sex acts that Reynolds performed on them over a span of approximately five years, according to charging documents. Some told investigators that Reynolds would also make them watch pornographic videos and use pregnancy tests.
Police also found a bottle of lubricant hidden in the ceiling tile of Reynolds’ basement based on statements from the girls. A blue blanket, where some of the alleged acts happened, and a pair of black shorts, worn by one of the alleged victims, were also collected into evidence.
Through that process, Reynolds has been represented by two separate attorneys. He was initially assigned to Edward Guinn, a Randolph County public defender, but shortly after additional charges were filed against him in the first case, Reynolds hired attorney Gillis Leonard.
Leonard withdrew after Reynolds pleaded not guilty on Dec. 11 to the 31 charges in the first case.
Reynolds on Nov. 21 accused Leonard of “colluding” with prosecutors and made several other allegations, according to Leonard’s motion to withdraw. The correspondence between Reynolds and Leonard is sealed under a court order. In his motion to withdraw, Leonard denied all allegations Reynolds made against him and Luntsford.
Though his decision is unusual for a case of this severity, Reynolds’ choice to represent himself will not impact how the prosecution approaches the case, Luntsford wrote in an email.
“Generally, defendants charged with serious felonies tend to have legal representation, but he does have that right to represent himself,” Luntsford wrote. “The same rules and procedures apply, so I proceed the same whether someone has counsel or represents themselves. I am uncertain if he will request to have a public defender appointed or retain counsel at some point. He could exercise that right at any stage of the proceeding.”
In a handwritten letter to Circuit Judge Scott Hayes, Reynolds requested sanctions for discovery Dec. 13 and alleged the prosecution delayed in getting him evidence, which he said impeded him from forming a proper defense. He also filed a motion the next week to have both cases dismissed.
Luntsford responded to Reynolds’ motion Dec. 20.
“Prosecution provided [the] defendant’s previous counsel with discovery on Nov. 5, 2019 and Dec. 4, 2019,” she wrote in the response.
The files were on a portable hard drive, she wrote.
“Given [the] defendants current incarceration, the state is uncertain how this can be accomplished and seeks guidance from the court,” she wrote.
Reynolds will appear in court Jan. 23 for a counsel status hearing. Hayes ordered the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office to allow Reynolds to have six law books to proceed with the case. He remains in the Randolph County Jail on a combined $150,000 cash-only bond.
If convicted and given maximum, consecutive sentences, Reynolds would face more than 13 life sentences for the statutory rape and sodomy charges, and an approximately 240-year combined sentence for the child molestation and child endangerment charges.