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Matthew Radefeld & Dan Juengel
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Our Successes Defending Against Sex Crime Charges

A juvenile in Gasconade County was accused of sexual assaulting a woman after a night of partying.  Charges were brought forth in juvenile court in front of a judge that seemed all too eager to send him to a detention facility.  Matthew Radefeld made the strategic decision to have the juvenile certified as an adult so that he may be able to argue his case in front of a jury.  After over a year and one half of conducting extensive investigative interviews, testimonial hearings and depositions, Radefeld was able to convince the prosecutor that the woman was not being truthful and that the sex charges should be dismissed.  

A Jefferson County woman was accused of inappropriately touching two foster children and was charged with Statutory Sodomy in the 1st Degree and 2 counts of Child Molestation in the 1st Degree. The State asked for a lengthy prison sentence.  Just days before a jury trial, Joe Flees was able to get the Statutory Sodomy charge dismissed by the Prosecuting Attorney, and the two Child Molestation charges amended to Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  The client received no conviction on her record.  Not only by Mr. Flees’ aggressive approach was he able to get probation for our client, but by securing the lesser charges, they do not have to register as a sex offender under State or Federal law.

A 75-year old St. Charles County man was charged with one count of Statutory Sodomy-1st Degree and one count of Child Molestation- 1st Degree.  The client was already a registered sex offender from a case over 20 years old.  He persisted in his innocence in the current charges and demanded that the matter proceeded to trial as he would likely spend the rest of his life in prison if he was convicted.  The prosecution was asking that he serve a 25-year sentence if he were to plead guilty or found guilty at trial.  The matter proceeded to a bench trial in front of a judge that is known to be very difficult in matters such as these.  After a two-day bench trial, the client was found ‘not guilty’ on both counts.  After being incarcerated for over a year, the client was immediately released from jail to live out the rest of his life in peace.  Matt Radefeld handled the case for the defense. 

A U.S. Air Force Security Forces Technical Sergeant was charged in St. Clair County, Illinois with rape charges against one of his former fellow Air Force servicemembers.  The prosecutors were seeking at least 10 years in prison as they believed that DNA evidence obtained from the defendant would be an easy conviction at a jury trial.  After almost a year of working up the case, Matthew Radefeld and Joe Flees tried the case in front of a civilian jury.  Radefeld and Flees were able to show the jury all of the inconsistencies made by the alleged victim and the other witnesses for the State.  They were able to show the alternative rationale as to how the alleged victim’s DNA was found on the defendant.  After four days of trial, the jury came back with a verdict of not guilty after only 30 minutes of deliberations.  The defendant was able to keep his job and eventually get these allegations expunged from his record.    

A St. Louis County man was accused of sexually touching a juvenile when he was 21 years of age and was charged with two felony counts of Statutory Rape and Statutory Sodomy. Joe Flees maintained our client’s innocence and aggressively took the case to a bench trial and both counts were dismissed by the State for failure to prosecute.

A firefighter in St. Louis County was charged with Solicitation of a Minor in St. Clair County Illinois.  He faced a felony conviction, the possibility of going to prison, and lifetime sex offender registration in the State of Missouri.  Dan Juengel demanded a jury trial and aggressively pursued Motions to Suppress evidence and statements.  Prior to having the actual hearing on these motions, the State offered a plea deal for a misdemeanor count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.  The Client avoided a felony conviction, prison, and any sex offender registration.

A Delaware man and special agent for a federal law enforcement agency was accused of inappropriately touching a co-worker during an after-hours work party. The man was charged in St. Louis City with Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree. The State sought jailtime and sex offender registration, which would have also cost our client his career in law enforcement.  After Joe Flees took depositions of the alleged victim and spoke with several witnesses, the State elected to completely dismiss the case, saving the client from a conviction on his record, sex offender registration, and saving his job.

A Bollinger County juvenile was accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student in the parking lot of their high school.  After several months of wrangling with the Juvenile Office, Matt Radefeld was able to obtain the police reports.  Then, after several more months of investigation and interviews of potential witnesses, Matt was able to make a presentation to the Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in order to show that the alleged victim was making up all of the allegations.  The prosecutor eventually refused to issue any charges against the juvenile.

A Franklin County man was charged with Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child under 15 years of Age.  The minor child’s guardians sought an Order of Protection against FJR’s client, which, if granted, would have had detrimental effects on his employment.  After cross-examining the DFS workers, Child Advocacy Center Forensic Interviewer, and the minor’s mother—Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the Court that the request for an order of protection should be denied.  The Court agreed with his arguments.  Matthew then conducted a deposition of the minor alleged victim.  It was soon thereafter that the Prosecutor was agreeable to amending the charges to Harassment and allowing the defendant to be placed on three years of probation.  The defendant avoided registering as a sex offender for the rest of his life and going to prison.

A former Army police officer was charged with Statutory Rape in the Second Degree in Gasconade County, Missouri.  Matthew Radefeld handled the case for the defendant.  After conducting a very lengthy deposition of the alleged victim- it became very clear that she had lied about her age to the defendant who had met her on an all-Adult Dating Website.  Once the defense vigorously argued a Motion to Compel discovery pertaining to the alleged victim’s on-line activity, the prosecutor dismissed the charges against the defendant.  After he had to fight this whole ordeal over a year and one half-, he was finally able to get his life back.

An eighteen-year-old man from Missouri was charged with Criminal Sexual Abuse in St. Clair County Illinois and faced lifetime sex offender registration in the State of Missouri.  The St. Clair County Prosecuting Attorney would not negotiate any plea deal and FJR set the case for jury trial.  The Friday before trial, the State offered to re-charge the case in juvenile court, and dismiss the adult charge filed against our Client.  As a result of the plea in juvenile court, our Client will not have to register as a sex offender and will have a closed record following the successful completion of his juvenile probation.

A Warren County man was charged with one count of Statutory Sodomy in the 1st Degree and one count of Child Molestation in the 1st Degree after being accused of inappropriately touching his two step-grandchildren.  The client had prior convictions for sexual offenses.  The prosecutor and police assumed he was guilty just because he had prior convictions.  Dan Juengel and Joe Flees maintained their client’s innocence and took the case to a trial. After several days of aggressive cross examination of the witnesses, defense expert testimony and argument, the Judge found our client Not Guilty on both counts. Our client was immediately released from confinement and his name was cleared in this case.

A Howell County 29-year old man was charged with statutory rape.  Not only was he facing 30 years in prison, but also lifetime sex offender registration and lifetime GPS monitoring.  After conducting depositions and a thorough investigation of the alleged victim’s complaint, the State agreed to amend the charges to Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree – with the specific notation in the amended charge that it was not sexually related.  Matthew Radefeld handled the case and was able to negotiate the amended charge wherein ­­a suspended imposition of sentence was given, which meant that the client did not have a conviction on his record nor was he required to register as a sex offender.

A St. Louis County man was accused of sexually assaulting a family member and was subsequently charged with Forcible Rape. After four years of aggressive representation and communications with the Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. Juengel took the case to trial. The State dismissed the case for failure to prosecute and charges were never re-filed.

A Washington University student was accused of sexually assaulting his former girlfriend after a party in his fraternity house.  Separate investigation were commenced after the alleged victim made the allegations to the school and to the local police department.  Matt Radefeld handled the matter and investigated the claims made by the alleged victim.  After interviewing witnesses and obtaining social media posts made by the alleged victim, Matt was able to get the Title IX proceeding against the Client dismissed and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office of St. Louis County to refuse all charges.

After making a full videotaped confession to the St. Ann Police Department Detectives, a St. Louis County man was charged with two counts of Statutory Rape in the First Degree and two counts of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree.  The prosecution was seeking over 30 years in prison for the defendant’s admitted acts.  Matthew Radefeld handled the defense and knew that the only option in the case was to have a bench trial in the matter and to take a firm stance that the State had to prove each and every element of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.  After a deposition of the minor victim and a Motion to Suppress the Statements made by the defendant, Matthew was able to get the Prosecutor to dismiss one count of the Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree charges.  The defendant was found not guilty of the remaining counts, but he was found guilty of the lesser included offenses.  Defendant was able to escape lifetime probation and GPS Monitoring but was instead given 5-years of probation outright.

A Jefferson County man was charged with three counts of Child Molestation in the First Degree against his two minor daughters.  There had been a very lengthy and on-going custody dispute with his ex-wife and this appeared to be another one of her ploys in this process.  After numerous hearings and depositions, the children had become so brainwashed by their mother that they were sticking to their stories that their father had improperly touched them.  There was no other choice but to take the matter to trial.  However, on the very eve of trial, Matthew Radefeld who was lead counsel on the case, was able to convince the prosecutor to amend the charges to one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child that was entirely non-sexual in nature.  Defendant also received a Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS) with 3 years of probation.  This avoided a felony conviction on his record and sex offender registration.  Joe Flees assisted in the defense of the case and its outstanding result.

A 70-year old St. Louis County man was caught red handed and on audio tape by St. Louis County Police Department Cyber Crimes Detectives of trying to meet and have sex with a woman and her minor daughter that he had been conversing with on-line.  He did not know that he was actually talking to the police detectives.  The defendant was charged with Enticement or Attempted Enticement of a Child that carries with it a mandatory 5-year prison sentence wherein the defendant would be required to serve 100% of that sentence.  Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the prosecutors to amend the charge to Attempted Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance and allow the defendant to be put on probation versus going to prison.  The defendant was extremely pleased with the outcome of the case.

All charges were dropped against a University City man accused of Statutory Sodomy-1st Degree, Child Molestation-1st Degree, Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child and Indecent Exposure to a Child.  The alleged victims were his two step-daughters, ages 11 and 14.  After investigation conducted by Dan Juengel it was proven the girls had made up the story of molestation to deflect the blame from their arrests for shoplifting.  During interviews by the defense the girls admitted to lying to the police.

The Phelps County prosecuting attorney’s office charged an army nurse captain with statutory sodomy in the second degree, which was allegedly committed against his 14-year-old neighbor. This man faced having his special needs daughter taken away from him, being dishonestly discharged from the military, having his nursing license revoked and registering as a sex offender for the rest of his life. After being told to take a plea deal by other law firms, he hired Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law, with the sole intention to do a jury trial. After a two-day trial, the jury deliberated for 90 minutes before returning a not guilty verdict. This man had gotten his life back. Matthew Radefeld and Joe Flees handled the successful case for the defense.

A St. Clair County man was accused of statutory sodomy first degree while he was on a river float trip in Washington County, Missouri. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) filed a complaint against him for sexual abuse of a child. After a very lengthy administrative hearing and questioning the witnesses in front of an administrative law judge, Matthew Radefeld was able to show that the alleged victim’s statements were inconsistent and impossible. The ALJ found in favor of defendant and dismissed the charges. Mr. Radefeld then was able to present that information obtained in the DCFS hearing to the Washington County prosecutor to show him that no criminal charges should be pursued against his client — the prosecutor agreed.

A St. Louis County hospice care worker was charged with two counts of deviate sexual assault, one count of forcible rape and one count of forcible sodomy against three of his patients. He was looking at spending the rest of his life in prison and sex offender registration. Matthew Radefeld pushed the case to trial, as the defendant professed his innocence regarding committing a sexual act against his patients. The prosecutor was finally persuaded to amend all charges to elder abuse — third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. The defendant avoided all jail time and was not required to register.

An Illinois man was charged with nine counts of statutory sodomy first degree and one count of statutory rape first degree against his former stepdaughter. The defendant and his ex-wife were involved in a fierce custody battle for their son when the allegations were made. After several years of conducting investigations and depositions, Dan Juengel and Matthew Radefeld went to jury trial to pursue a just verdict. After a four-day jury trial, the jury came back with not guilty on five of the statutory sodomy charges and the statutory rape charge, but was hung on the remaining counts. Then, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Office decided to try the defendant again on the remaining counts to a jury. After another four-day trial, the jury deliberated for about two hours and found him not guilty. The nightmare was finally over, but the child custody battle was still going on. Dan Juengel and Matthew Radefeld successfully handled the second trial, as well.

A technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force was charged with aggravated sexual assault against a female airman while they were stationed in Germany. After an intense four-day court-martial at Scott Air Force Base, Matthew Radefeld, who was serving as civilian defense counsel, fiercely argued and showed to the jury that his client was innocent. After two hours of deliberation, the jury came back with a not guilty verdict. The tech. Sgt. was able to rejoin his squadron and continue to serve in the military.

State v. Guthrie
United States v. Strauser
United States v. Surrey

A South County man was facing up to 30 years in prison and sex offender registration for allegedly kidnapping and raping a prostitute while impersonating a police officer. The firm immediately secured his release while they prepared the case for trial. After diligent investigation and aggressive cross-examination of the state’s witnesses, the state dismissed all of the charges on the eve of trial. Dan Juengel handled the case for the defense.

A St. Louis city man was facing charges of child molestation and lifetime sex offender registration for allegedly having sexual contact with his neighbor’s daughter. In after about 45 minutes of deliberations, the jury returned a not guilty verdict. The logistics and details of the allegation simply made no sense. All of these facts were brought to light by a thorough cross-examination of the alleged victim. Matthew Radefeld and Mike Murphy were the successful attorneys for the defense.

Matthew Radefeld was successful in getting forcible sodomy charges dismissed against a St. Francois County man. After a thorough investigation of the case by defense counsel, they were able to convince the special prosecutor assigned to the case that the alleged victim’s statements were not credible. The defendant avoided a significant prison sentence and lifetime sex offender registration.

Over a six-month period, Matthew Radefeld was able to get charges of sexual misconduct refused against three separate male therapists who worked for different massage salons in the St. Louis area. Mr. Radefeld was able to convince the prosecuting attorney’s office that the allegations were false and just an apparent scheme to attempt to get money from the salons.

A Washington University student was accused of forcibly raping a fellow student at a party. After conducting a thorough investigation and interviewing numerous witnesses who were there at the party — Matthew Radefeld was able to convince not only law enforcement officials to refuse the charges, but was also able to successfully present to the Washington University judicial panel that these allegations were false, and no administrative penalties should be given to the student.

A St. Louis city firefighter was charged, with various sexual assaults on a patient. The prosecuting attorney’s office was asking for 12 years in prison. On the eve of trial, the defendant decided to do an Alford plea and reject the prosecutor’s offer. After a very lengthy sentencing hearing, the court sentenced defendant to three years in the Department of Corrections. Matthew Radefeld handled the defense to wit the defendant was satisfied with the outcome.

A government employee was charged with two counts of statutory rape and two counts of incest. The prosecutors wanted to send the defendant to prison for 15 years, but through arguments presented at sentencing the court sentenced him to five years’ probation. Matthew Radefeld handled the defense.

A Clayton man was accused of statutory sodomy in the second degree and production of child pornography in relation to an internet website. After discussions with the prosecuting attorney’s office and a thorough investigation conducted by Matthew Radefeld — all charges were refused. This prevented defendant from going to prison and ever having to register as a sex offender.

An Army intelligence officer was being investigated by Criminal Investigation Division (CID) agents regarding allegations of sexual assault of a subordinate officer while in Iraq. Matthew Radefeld, as civilian defense counsel, was able to conduct a thorough investigation despite all of the military bureaucracy, and show that the accuser was not credible and had actually made false accusations in the past. The CID dropped all charges, and nothing was put on the officer’s service record.

A Ferguson man was charged with two counts of sexual misconduct and two counts of child molestation. After depositions and a year of investigation, Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the prosecutor to amend the charges to nonsex offender registerable offenses with two years’ probation.

As civilian defense counsel, Matthew Radefeld was able to get charges dismissed against an Air Force senior airman for various charges surrounding the alleged molestation of her daughter. After a four-day court-martial, the commanding officer of the service member stepped in and resolved the matter as it was clear that she had no idea her daughter was being molested by her husband.

A Department of Defense civilian contractor had just returned from Iraq when he was accused of forcible rape and sodomy against his girlfriend. After discussions with the prosecuting attorney’s office and investigating officers, Matthew Radefeld was able to show them why the girlfriend’s accusations were not credible. The charges were refused, and the contractor was able to go back to Iraq for another tour.

A Lincoln County man was charged with child molestation in the first degree and was facing up to 15 years in prison. Attorneys conducted a thorough preliminary hearing, investigation of witnesses and finally a decisive deposition of the alleged victim. The day after the alleged victim was deposed, the state dismissed the charges completely.

Cape Girardeau County jury returned a not guilty verdict on a statutory rape in the first-degree case filed against a Perryville man. The allegations were that the he had sex with a 12-year-old girl. The charges were finally brought almost two years later. The defense presented evidence that the two girls testifying for the state were lying about the allegations and falsely accusing the defendant. The jury was out for less than 45 minutes before returning the acquittal. Matthew Radefeld tried the case for the defense.

A Lincoln County man was arrested and questioned about sexually abusing his 25-year-old daughter when she was a child. Since this was still within the statute of limitations, there was serious concern that the man could be charged. Matthew Radefeld investigated the matter, and was able to show evidence and documentation to the police and prosecutors that these claims were not credible, but rather the product of counseling that brought forth false memories.

A 34-year-old St. Louis city man was found not guilty by a jury of three counts of statutory sodomy first degree and two counts of child molestation. Evidence and testimony was presented that the complaining witness who was 14 at the time of trial was angry with the defendant for spanking her and made up the allegations. Dan Juengel tried the case for the defense.

A De Soto man charged with statutory sodomy first degree and child molestation against his stepson had both charges dropped after testimony from the 11-year-old child that the alleged abuse may have been a dream and not real. The biological father owed the child’s mother thousands of dollars in back child support, and the defense contended she was brainwashing the child and the boy was confused. The defense showed that no one could tell if there really was abuse, if it was just a dream or if it was a product of repeated questioning by his mother. The defendant was facing 10 years to life in prison. Dan Juengel handled the case and preliminary hearing where the key testimony was elicited.

A St. Louis city man was arrested and held for being a registered sex offender living within 1000 feet of a school. The man’s family contacted Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law, attorneys who immediately began investigation into the allegations. After careful investigation by the defense, the charges were immediately dropped, and he was released before his first court date.

After having just returned from a tour in Iraq, a U.S. service member was accused of raping a woman he had met online while overseas. The woman filed an order of protection against him. At the OP hearing, Matthew Radefeld cross-examined the alleged victim and was able to show the court that she was lying. The court denied her request for a restraining order. Also at the hearing was the prosecuting attorney who listened to the alleged victim’s cross-examination, and quickly realized that they did not have a case and subsequently refused all charges against the service member. Since this time, the rape arrest has been expunged from his permanent arrest record.

A civilian contractor for the U.S. Army was accused by the Criminal Investigation Division of raping and sodomizing an employee while on a military installation. After Matthew Radefeld conducted his own investigation of potential witnesses and presented his findings to CID agents, the installation’s JAG prosecutors refused to file charges against the contractor in federal court.

A Pike County jury returned not guilty verdicts on three felony counts of child molestation filed against a Hannibal woman, who was a former director of an area college. The case arose out of a custody battle where the defendant’s ex-husband was a probation and parole officer, and former Division of Family Services worker. The defense presented evidence that the child was repeatedly questioned and brainwashed by the ex-husband and his new wife. The jury was out for less than 30 minutes before returning the acquittals. Dan Juengel and Matthew Radefeld tried the case for the defense.

Child molestation charges filed against a High Ridge man accused of abusing his niece were reduced. The defendant was facing two counts and five to 30 years in prison. After jury selection, the St. Louis County prosecutor dismissed one count and agreed to amend the other to a lesser offense of child endangerment with probation. Dan Juengel and Matthew Radefeld handled the case for the defense.

Statutory sodomy, child molestation and sexual misconduct charges filed against a University City man were dropped by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Office. The defendant was accused of abusing two underage girls. After investigating the case, Dan Juengel was able to prove the girls lied about the abuse. The charges were dropped the morning of trial.

  • A Franklin County man was charged with child molestation in the second degree, an offense that would require him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. After conducting depositions and intense cross-examination of the alleged victim and the witnesses just weeks before trial, the prosecuting attorney amended the charge to assault third degree — improper touching (a Class C misdemeanor). The man received an SIS (no conviction) and was not required to register a sex offender. Dan Juengel handled the case for the defense.

    Statutory sodomy charges filed against a 17-year-old accused of abusing his three-year-old cousin were dropped by the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office after almost two years of legal wrangling. Daniel Juengel handled the case and was instrumental in securing the dismissal.

    A St. Louis city man was acquitted of charges that he sodomized an 11-year-old deaf boy. The man had been facing a potential life sentence. Dan Juengel prepared and tried the case in front of a St. Louis city jury. After a four-day jury trial, the jury deliberated only 30 minutes before finding the defendant not guilty.

    Statutory sodomy charges were thrown out against a Pevely man accused of molesting his six-year-old daughter. Dan Juengel tried the preliminary hearing in Jefferson County and after cross-examining the witnesses, it was obvious the charges were false and a product of the custody battle between the mother and father.

    A St. Louis city father charged with statutory rape in the first degree against his 14-year-old daughter was acquitted after a weeklong trial. Dan Juengel tried the case. The complaining witness was in her twenties when she reported the allegations. Her estranged father was an employee of the Division of Family Services, and the defense presented evidence she made up the allegations to get back at her father.

    A 27-year-old man in St. Louis County was charged with attempting to entice a 14-year-old girl over the internet to engage in sexual activity. The court reviewed a motion to dismiss filed by the defense and argued by Matthew Radefeld. The court ruled that the charges violated the ex post facto provisions of the United States Constitution and dismissed the case. The 27-year-old defendant was relieved that he would not have to face trial or register as a sex offender.

    Charges of statutory rape filed in St. Louis County were dismissed against a 33-year-old man who was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl in a St. Louis County park. Dan Juengel handled the case and was instrumental in procuring the dismissal.