A Springfield man who has been convicted in October on multiple sex crimes on an underaged family member will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Judge David Jones sentenced 68-year-old David Hastings to six consecutive life sentences for the abuse of an 8-year-old girl. Hastings had been convicted by a jury of one count of statutory rape in the first degree, four counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree, one count of child molestation in the second degree, one count of enticement of a child, one count of manufacture of marijuana, one count of possession of marijuana, and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.
The judge’s intent on the consecutive sentences was to ensure that Hastings will never be able to leave prison alive.
Hastings, who had once been a Lieutenant in the Greene County Sheriff’s office, abused the girl over a year according to Greene County Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Wan. Wan said that Hastings had “groomed” the victim. Current Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott noted Hastings left the department before he took office. Arnott had told OI around the time of Hastings’ conviction that he couldn’t comment on details of Hastings’ departure but that it was “not good.”
Wan called Hastings a threat to the community.
The trial caused a bit of controversy because Hastings’ defense required the young girl to testify in open court in front of her abuser; the girl suffered visible emotional trauma at having to be in the room with her abuser.
Hastings’ lawyer asked the judge to sentence his client to 10 years in prison and has indicated that Hastings plans to appeal.