Archive for Friday, January 13, 2006

Offender gets boot camp for sex crime

22-year-old sought probation only for sex with 13-year-old

January 13, 2006

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A 22-year-old Lawrence man and his 13-year-old girlfriend said they were in love.

When he was arrested last year and charged with eight counts of statutory rape for having a sexual relationship with the girl, she stood by him.

"I am on Steve's side cuz I love him with all my heart, and nobody can ever take his place," the girl wrote in a letter that became part of the court file for Stephen C. Scott.

District Court Judge Stephen Six on Thursday ordered Scott to up to six months at the Labette County boot camp, followed by two years of supervised probation, for his sexual relationship with the girl. The sentencing came after Six denied a defense attorney's motion to give Scott a probation-only sentence - and after the victim testified on Scott's behalf at a sentencing hearing.

Under Kansas law, children under age 14 are considered legally unable to consent to sex.

The case against Scott arose last year after a school resources officer from the Lawrence Police Department learned that the girl, then age 13, was in a sexual relationship with Scott.

Scott initially was charged with statutory rape, which carries a presumed minimum sentence of more than 12 years in prison. But he was allowed to plead no contest to three counts of a lesser charge: attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

The plea dropped him into a "border box" on the state's sentencing grid, in which a judge can either give prison or probation. Judges also have the option of sending a defendant to boot camp at Labette for up to six months.

In seeking a nonprison sentence, Scott's defense attorney, Angela Keck, cited his cooperation with police, the couple's loving relationship and their plans to get married. She also cited Scott's difficulties with emotional and social skills, which she attributed to him being home-schooled starting in junior high.

Scott had no criminal history, and several friends, former teachers and family members submitted letters to the judge attesting to his character.

One condition of Scott's probation is that he have no contact with the girl. He also will be required to register as a sex offender and will be barred from having unsupervised contact with girls under age 16.

- Staff writer Eric Weslander can be reached at 832-7146.

Comments

joshs_mom 9 years, 6 months ago

Yuck. Why would a 22 yr old man be interested in a 13 yr old girl? It sounds as if he was looking for someone young enough to manipulate into doing what he wanted.

Amandak 9 years, 6 months ago

Another travesty of the Douglas County court system. I feel the DA's office and judge acted very inappropriately in giving this "sex offender" only 6-months of boot camp. Plans to get married--That's an absolute joke!! If you follow this logic, you can rape whomever you like, as long as you manipulate them to fall in love with you and tell everyone you plan to marry. This girl was 13. She has no idea what it is to love a man in that way. He used her for his own gratification and got away with it!

MadAnthony 9 years, 6 months ago

Thank God the powerful abortion lobby in Kansas is working overtime to ensure that couples in this same situation can abort their offspring without anyone but the abortionist knowing of the relationship. Why think of how hard it would be on such sexual predators if they had to worry about some government agent finding out that a grown man got a 13 year old girl pg?

Tiller will succeed in shutting Kline down, and all such sexual predators will rejoice.

KUFAN_2005 9 years, 6 months ago

I can not believe a defense attorney would blame this subjects actions on being deprived of "social skills" because he was home schooled. How can that be the case? He is obviously very sick in the head. How can a 13 year old say they are "in love" and have "plans to MARRY?" WOW! His parents must be very PROUD!!!!

Meatloaf 9 years, 6 months ago

Wow How did this happen? Just a few months ago a guy got 5 years in prison for having sex with a 15 year old. This guy gets 6 months in a boot camp for having sex with a 13 year old. How can it be so different? Is it the judge or is it because the 15year old parents own DQ and have a little more money? You know what they say MONEY TALKS. Someone needs to change the laws. Probably 70% or more of the 13 to 15 year old girls are having sex these days. Do you think they are are in love? No they do it for fun. Why is it always the guy that gets it, the girls are just as involved as the guy is. Don't make sense to me. You can go to any theme park, car shows, movie theater and a child is someone 12 or under over 12 are considered adults.

Meatloaf 9 years, 6 months ago

Several years ago a guy got 5 years for sexual abusing a child CHILD as in under 10 years old. These are the sick people and the ones that need to go to prison. Not the guys that have SEX with teenagers There is A BIG DIFFERENCE.

Vickie Scott 9 years, 6 months ago

I agree with meatloaf there is a big difference. But knowing this community it dosent matter. Has any one wondered what is the parents of all these teenage girls are doing or maybe the best question is what arent they doing!!!!!When will some of these parenst and teenage girls be held responsible also. Not soon enough for me.

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