Florissant foster parent found guilty of child molestation

CLAYTON • A Florissant man was found guilty of molesting one foster child but found not guilty of molesting a second girl after a trial this week in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

Michael Patterson, 50, of the 3600 block of Estates Drive, was convicted of first-degree child molestation for touching a seven-year-old girl's genitals through her clothing as she was in bed in 2005.

He was accused of touching the genitals and breasts of another girl who was twelve at the time of the alleged incident, but was found not guilty of those counts.

Both girls had been staying with the family as foster children.

He and his wife had been foster parents for about two years but are no longer with the foster care program, said assistant prosecutor John Quarenghi.

The jury returned with its verdict on Wednesday. Patterson could face five to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 2.