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Archive for Saturday, July 25, 1992

LOCAL CHARGES FILED IN TEEN-SEX CASE

July 25, 1992

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Douglas County authorities on Friday filed five sex-related felonies against a Topeka man who already had been charged in Shawnee County with molesting six teen-age Lawrence boys.

Eric Sims, 24, Topeka, is charged in Douglas County with three felony counts of sodomy and two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. Authorities allege he molested three Lawrence boys, two age 14 and one age 15, during February at various locations in Douglas County.

Sims on Thursday was charged in Shawnee County with 26 sex-related offenses alleging he molested six Lawrence boys in Topeka.

Authorities allege that Sims met the victims through his role as an adviser for the Lawrence chapter of the Order of DeMolay, an international Masonic organization for young men ages 13 to 21.

DOUGLAS County Assistant Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney on Friday said at least one of the alleged victims in Lawrence was not among the six boys who allegedly were victimized in Topeka.

On Friday, local prosecutors sent a copy of a Douglas County warrant for Sims' arrest to the Shawnee County Jail, where Sims was being held Friday in lieu of $150,000 bond. A Douglas County court appearance for Sims has not been set.

Sims is charged in Shawnee County with 13 counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, eight counts of indecent liberties with a child, three counts of contributing to a child's misconduct and two counts of sexual battery.

The victims, Shawnee County court records say, were 13 to 16 years old at the time of the alleged crimes, believed to have occurred between April 1991 and last month. Authorities said the crimes Sims has been accused of in Shawnee County occurred in Topeka.

INVESTIGATION of Sims began in late spring, Kenney said, when one of the boys reported an incident allegedly involving Sims to Douglas County sheriff's detectives.

Shawnee County prosecutors allege Sims had sex with some of the victims or caused the victims to have sex with each other. The prosecution also alleges Sims sexually fondled a 15-year-old boy or solicited youths to fondle other youths.

A juvenile also has been charged in the case, but authorities declined to identify the youth or specify the charges.

Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells said sodomy is a Class B felony, which carries a prison term ranging from five years to life and a maximum fine of $15,000. Taking indecent liberties with a child, he said, is a Class C felony, which carries a prison term ranging from three years to life and a maximum fine of $15,000.

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