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August 31, 2000

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Rep. Dennis Moore to visit Lawrence

U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., will be in Lawrence today for two events.

At 10:30 a.m., he'll have community office hours at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Community office hours are an opportunity for citizens to voice their concerns and seek assistance from his office on personal or family issues related to federal agencies.

At 2 p.m., Moore will address senior citizens at Brandon Woods Retirement Community, 1501 Inverness Drive. He will be addressing federal issues like Social Security and Medicare, and making prescription drugs affordable for seniors and their families.

Moore is campaigning for re-election to his seat in the 3rd District of Congress against Republican candidate Phill Kline.

Father to stand trial on molestation charges

A 60-year-old Lawrence man was ordered to stand trial Wednesday on charges that he molested his two daughters and took nude photos of them during the early 1990s.

The man is charged in Douglas County District Court with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of attempted rape and four counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

The two women, now 18 and 23, said he fondled them hundreds of times between 1989 and 1995 starting when they were 8 and 12, respectively.

"It was like a Sunday thing, every week," the younger woman said.

The man will challenge the charges before trial. The statute of limitations is five years for such cases unless prosecutors can prove the victims were threatened to keep silent.

The Journal-World generally does not identify suspects in sex crimes unless they have been convicted.

Lawrence resident sentenced in beating

An 18-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Wednesday for beating a woman outside a local bar.

The man still faces charges of rape and criminal sodomy for the April incident outside King Arthur's, 2228 Iowa. A jury hung on those charges during a July trial but convicted the man of aggravated battery the conviction he was sentenced on Wednesday.

He also faces an accusation of inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl in a separate incident. He faces preliminary hearing today in that case.

The Journal-World generally does not identify suspects in sex crimes unless they have been convicted.

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