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Archive for Saturday, December 1, 2001

Prison time ordered in sex crime

Missourian arranged to meet teen-ager using the Internet

December 1, 2001

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A Hartville, Mo., man is headed to prison for having a sexual relationship with a teen-age Lawrence girl he met on the Internet three years ago.

"You are a monster," the girl, now 17, told 48-year-old Kevin Hall during sentencing Friday in Douglas County District Court. "I can't make the scars go away."

Hall will serve a total of seven years in prison for convictions on two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. Judge Jack Murphy ordered 52 months on one count and 32 months on the second count, to be served consecutively. When he is released, Hall will face 24 months of supervised release.

On Oct. 31 Hall pleaded guilty to both counts. Police and prosecutors said Hall and the girl had a sexual rendezvous at a Lawrence motel after their meetings in Internet chat rooms three years ago.

Friday Hall apologized to the court, to the girl and to her family.

Prior to sentencing, Hall's Johnson County attorney, Carl Cornwell, said an agreement had been reached with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office to recommend concurrent sentences.

Murphy, however, ignored the recommendation, calling Hall's conduct outrageous.

"Your actions epitomize the parents' fears of (childrens') unsupervised use of the Internet," Murphy said.

Unable to hold back tears, the girl read from a poem she'd written in which she made most of her comments. She said Hall had tricked her.

"Kevin brainwashed me into believing I loved him," she said. "It's hard to sleep at night. You hurt me inside."

The girl's adoptive parents also spoke.

"At age 14 our daughter was extremely vulnerable," her father said. "Kevin Hall took advantage of her in an unconscionable manner. He was manipulative and deceptive."

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