A Springfield man could spend the rest of his life behind bars, accused of committing multiple sexual assaults on children.
Michael Siepel, 41, is facing 12 counts of Statutory Sodomy, 10 of those counts first degree. Those first degree charges could carry life sentences if Siepel is convicted on those counts.
Court documents say that Siepel was babysitting the two victims when the incidents took place between 2006 and 2011. The victims were both under 12 years old at the time of the initial assaults.
Siepel had been initially investigated in 2014 when the first victim came forward to Republic police. No charges were filed in that case, but the case was kept open for further investigation. The second victim came forward in 2019 to police, corroborating much of the first victim’s story. The second victim was unaware of the accusations of the first victim.
Court documents indicate there may be at least one more victim of Siepel’s alleged abuse.
Judge Jerry Harmison set bond at $40,000 with a requirement that Siepel would need to wear a GPS monitor if released on bail. Siepel has no attorney listed in Missouri CaseNet as of Wednesday morning.