|A 26-year-old man who sodomized a
two-year-old girl was sentenced to 20 years in prison
February 3. James P. Brandis, of Parkville, received
the prison sentence after a sentencing hearing in
Platte County Circuit Court.
Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said, We
presented evidence that this defendant regularly
fantasized about raping young girls. He commented
to friends that he wouldnt mind doing
girls younger than 10 years old. Then he acted
on those fantasies. This man is absolutely depraved
and deserves every year he will spend behind bars.
Brandis pleaded guilty to first degree statutory
sodomy on December 13, 2004, the day his trial
was scheduled to begin. Brandis admitted he sodomized
his victim at her residence in southern Platte
County on August 22, 2002. While the victims
mother was asleep downstairs in the home, Brandis
went upstairs, where the girl was watching a video
alone. Brandis tickled the young girl, then removed
her pants and sodomized her.
Zahnd said the girl tried to stop Brandis from
sodomizing her by saying, No, James.
Brandis exposed himself and told authorities he
wanted to have intercourse with the girl.
What is particularly disturbing is that
this defendant told people he thought his two-year-old
victim seemed to enjoy his perverse
conduct, Zahnd said. He smiled and
licked his lips one time he recounted his crime.
Prosecutors also presented evidence that Brandis
often watched young girls get off the school bus
from his room or front porch. When authorities
confronted him with this behavior, Brandis said
he fantasized about little girls.
One witness said he often stared at girls younger
than six. The witness said he did not stare at
girls over age six because they were too
Another witness described Brandis as very
intelligent and very perverted. She said
Brandis would make inappropriate sexual comments
about young girls and talk about them as if they
were full grown women. She said Brandis would
make comments such as I wouldnt mind
doing her, referring to having sex with
girls under the age of 10.
Prosecutors also noted during the hearing that
Brandis had been admitted to a psychiatric center
three months before his crime. When he was admitted,
he reported having recurring thoughts of
raping young girls.
Zahnd said, This man appears to have all
the attributes of a pedophile, pure and simple.
Anyone who regularly fantasizes about raping young
girls and then acts on those fantasies is clearly
a danger to society.
Zahnd said he believed that after Brandis served
his prison sentence, he would be an ideal candidate
for consideration under the Sexually Violent Predator
Act. Under that act, offenders with mental abnormalities
making it more likely than not that they will
engage in predatory acts of sexual violence can
be committed to the Department of Mental Health
for an indefinite period.
The case was investigated by the Platte County
Sheriffs Department and prosecuted by Assistant
Prosecutor Joe Vanover.