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Sex offender given 18 years in prison

August 9, 2005

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A judge has sentenced a former Eudora man to nearly 18 years in prison for sexual assaults involving three young children.

Mark A. VanAnne, 41, was originally charged with 14 counts of sexual abuse, ranging from rape to indecent solicitation of a child. But VanAnne reached an agreement with prosecutors last month. As part of the deal, he pleaded no contest to rape and aggravated indecent liberties of a child. In exchange, the district attorney's office dropped the remaining charges.

Douglas County District Judge Jack Murphy on Monday sentenced VanAnne to 155 months for the rape conviction and 59 months for the indecent liberties conviction.

Murphy ordered the sentences to run consecutively. VanAnne also must register as a sex offender upon release from prison.

Comments

allaboutfamily 9 years, 11 months ago

18 years is better than no years! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Special, extra special thank you to the three girls from Eudora that came forward, their mom, and their bravery! These 18 years are 18 years for at least 10 kids, so we will take it. Those 10 plus all fall in to the statute of limitations in Kansas, so thanks to your bravery girls, he is getting time for many other victims. You are HEREOS!!! My son was friends and went to kindergarten with one of the victims; one day we will tell him and about your heroism. Just a HEARTBREAKING story for all involved. You are three brave girls though, with a wonderful mom! Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with ALL of you, too. Thank you so much for doing what you did do though!!! THERE IS A GOD!!! We are so excited to have 15 guaranteed years of freedom and safety of our own thanks to you. Thanks again.

thisiknow 9 years, 11 months ago

What is there left to say? One more off the street thanks to those that reported it and were listened to. Someone finally did their job!!!!! We all must learn from this---take it from me----It is what kids DON'T say, that you have to listen to. If you talk to your child everyday and hug them everyday you will be able to tell when they aren't talking back or hugging back, do not make the mistake of thinking it is their age and wanting to be independent--- start asking questions!!!!!!!

magical1 9 years, 11 months ago

My concern is why did 10 + fall to the statute of limitations? Was this due to the possibility of a small town police department covering it up. If the victims reported it in Oct. 2004, what took so long for charges to be placed on him ? Was this because the Eudora Police chose not to forward this to SRS and the proper authorties. And what of the other victims , who dropped the ball there, obviously more people knew of his past and never spoke up. Thanks to all who did take him off the streets and protect other children.

allaboutfamily 9 years, 11 months ago

Actually, the Eudora Police tried to help my son, one of the victims on and off in the years in 1996-2000, and SRS would NOT do anything regarding the minor child. The Eudora police drove over 6 hours one way to interview one of the past victims while investigating the current case, so I would hardly blame the Eudora Police Department. They have gone ABOVE AND BEYOND on the case, it is the State of Kansas and SRS that failed the children. When my son reported 1996-2000 (and since), several reports regarding other children were made at that time regarding several other children but SRS refused to take the reports from extremely reputable and well-known (and still very active and well-known) professionals in their field for 20 plus years each at that time; something those professionals all reported as NEVER HAVING HAPPENED IN ALL THEIR YEARS---they thought SRS took ALL REPORTS---they refused to take the ones regarding Mark VanAnne as the perpetrator. So, you tell me? But, DON'T BLAME THE POLICE DEPARTMENT--they have been excellent in this case in all the experience we have had. Hail to the investigators and the police!! They DID their jobs!!!

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