In a jury trial conducted earlier this month, Daniel B. Hallmark, 56, of Wentzville, was found guilty on 14 counts that included statutory sodomy, attempted enticement of a child, sexual misconduct, and furnishing pornographic material to a child. The jury deliberated for two hours before returning the verdict.
At that time, police said they found possibly hundreds of photos, videos, addresses, and text messages from young males around the ages of 13-18 on Hallmark’s computer, cell phone, and GPS and that Hallmark may have been in the “grooming” or predatory stage with at least three other boys. Some of the incidents dated back to 2001.
Court records indicate that over the three years since Hallmark’s arrest, the case was delayed by continuances, changes in the defense team, the defense’s request for a change of judges, motions to suppress evidence and exclude witnesses, and a last-minute motion for acquittal, which was denied.
Sentencing has been set for October 21, 2019.