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April 3, 2001

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Missouri resident pleads not guilty to sex crimes

A Missouri man pleaded not guilty on Monday to nine sex crimes allegedly committed against a Lawrence girl and requested a jury trial in Douglas County District Court.

The 48-year-old man was ordered to appear for a three-day trial in July on three counts of aggravated indecent liberties, three counts of criminal sodomy and three counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

He is accused of taking part in at least four sexual encounters in a two-year span, which occurred when the girl, now a high school student, was 14 years old and in eighth grade.

The defendant's attorney also requested a hearing to argue for suppression of a tape made by Lawrence Police of a conversation between the defendant and the girl.

County investigates reported animal cruelty

Douglas County Sheriff's authorities were investigating an incident of reported cruelty to animals in Eudora, Sheriff Rick Trapp said Monday.

Deputies responded early Sunday to a residence in the 1200 block of East 1900 Road, where they found a horse that apparently had been cut several times on the legs. The resident was awakened when she heard strange noises, and when she went outside she saw her brown stallion tangled in a barbed wire fence.

The cuts on the horse's legs were more serious than those that would have occurred from barbed wire, and in addition, part of the horse's tail had been cut off, Trapp said.

It wasn't known whether the horse would survive, he said.

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