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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Sexual predator still without residence

State wants offender to live in group home near Lawrence

September 4, 2005

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The state still plans to find a home near Lawrence for an aging sexual predator.

In July, a judge issued a restraining order barring 70-year-old Leroy Hendricks from coming to live in a proposed group home on Golden Road in rural Leavenworth County. But now the agency that wants to house him is appealing the judge's decision - something that could leave the matter tied up in court for months to come.

"I don't know if they're going to make this the test case, but they're adamant about being able to use that residence," said Leavenworth County counselor David Van Parys.

Hendricks, 70, was the first person to be admitted to the state's sexual-predator treatment program at Larned State Hospital when it began in 1994. Now, as the program's population skyrockets and few residents are being released, the state wants to make Hendricks the first patient returned to the community as part of a new program to house older predators with special medical needs.

Leavenworth County District Court Judge David King sided with the County Commission in July, finding that the group home would violate zoning laws and require a special permit.

On Aug. 18, Community Provisional Living, the Lawrence-based agency with a contract to house Hendricks at a cost of $278,000 for the first 15 months, filed a notice that it planned to appeal King's decision.

"Not only in the state of Kansas, but in other states, this issue is going to surface, and we need to get some direction from the court," said Gregory Lee, an attorney who represents Community Provisional Living.

Hendricks, who has a history of child molesting that spans decades, has had a stroke and has limited use of his hands. If released to a group home, he would be supervised 24 hours per day.

But that didn't reassure Lawrence residents, who began a petition drive opposing the move in April after the state announced a plan to house Hendricks in Lawrence. Eventually, the state chose the site in Leavenworth County that's now in dispute.

Hendricks is staying temporarily at Osawatomie State Hospital.

Comments

christie 8 years, 7 months ago

One way ticket to New Orleans.

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rtwngr 8 years, 7 months ago

Leave him at Osawatomie State Hospital. They are set up to house him already.

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trueninetiesgirl 8 years, 7 months ago

you should put him, back in jail and let him die there he is scum...........

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