Archive for Friday, May 14, 1993

PRISON TERM LENGTHENED IN SEX CASE

May 14, 1993

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A lengthy prison term for a 24-year-old man convicted of sex offenses involving Lawrence teen-aged boys was increased by five years Thursday when the defendant went before a Douglas County judge.

Judge Mike Malone sentenced Eric Sims to 12 to 25 years imprisonment on each of two felony counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and five to 20 years on a felony count of taking indecent liberties with a child.

Malone ordered the sodomy sentences to run concurrently to each other and to a minimum 70-year sentence imposed by a Shawnee County judge after Sims pleaded guilty to 11 felony and two misdemeanor sex-related charges there.

The five-to-20-year term will run consecutively to the other charges.

Sims was found guilty April 6 in Douglas County District Court of the three local charges.

Authorities said Sims directed boys, who he had recruited for a Masonic youth group, to perform sexual acts on each other on several occasions during April 1991.

Sims, whose 25th birthday is Saturday, told Malone he was "truly sorry" for what he'd done and that he had taken full responsibility for his actions. He said that when he committed the crimes, he had "no idea of the moral and criminal implications of the actions I was taking."

Sims' attorney, Craig Stancliffe, Lawrence, told Malone that Sims had been abused as a child.

"It is the same old cycle of abuse, to the point it was extremely difficult for him to distinguish between right and wrong," Stancliffe said.

Douglas County Assistant Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney said Sims was remorseless.

"He said he made a mistake but committed no crime," she said. "This defendant is not taking responsibility for his actions."

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