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Archive for Friday, February 26, 1999

INDECENT LIBERTIES REPORTED YEARS LATER

February 26, 1999

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Lawrence police are investigating a report filed Feb. 8 alleging someone inappropriately touched and fondled a now-12-year-old girl from June 1, 1987, to Dec. 26, 1990.

Police classified the case as aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Sgt. George Wheeler of the Lawrence Police Department said he didn't know why the case was reported nine years later.

However, repressed memories have been a factor in some cases in which alleged abuse took place months or years before it was reported.

In such cases, alleged victims have claimed to have recalled unpleasant memories from their childhood that they had repressed.

Wheeler said the alleged Lawrence incident was part of a Social and Rehabilitation Services case.

Police have not made any arrests.

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