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Suspect accused of intent to abduct 13-year-old

March 8, 2008


Loaded gun found in accused child solicitor's car

Prosecutors say police found a loaded gun in the car of a man accused of trying to lure a West Junior High School girl into his vehicle in December. Enlarge video

A prosecutor argued Friday in court that evidence showed a man planned to possibly abduct a Lawrence junior high student in December.

At the March 24 trial of Stephen R. Stout, Kevin Graham, an assistant Kansas attorney general, said the state plans to introduce evidence that police found a loaded gun in Stout's car, from which he had removed the vehicle's license plate.

Prosecutors allege Stout, 47, attempted to lure a 13-year-old girl into his car on Dec. 20 after school at West Junior High School, and three other girls reported to police that he exposed himself to them while he was in the vehicle.

The girls ran away and called police.

Stout, who has claimed residence in Parks, Ark. - but court records list an Olathe address - faces felony charges of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, three counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and fleeing from police.

Graham also argued that the state should be able to introduce evidence at trial about two of Stout's past criminal cases. He was granted diversion in a 2000 Lawrence exposure case. He also pleaded guilty in 2006 to misdemeanor sexual misconduct in Clay County, Mo.

Graham said that case involved a April 8, 2005, incident also outside a junior high school. Stout also removed the license plate from his car and exposed himself to two children.

"The similarity between that incident and the (current one alleged in Lawrence) is stunning," Graham said.

But Stout's defense attorney, J.C. Gilroy, said jurors will have enough evidence about the Dec. 20 incident to make up their own minds without hearing about the two past cases.

"The prejudicial value is greater than the probative value," Gilroy said.

The two sides dispute how the incident unfolded outside West Junior High, including what Stout said to the girl and why he was near the school.

Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone will make rulings before March 20 about what evidence can be introduced at the trial.


LawSW 10 years, 2 months ago

I hope the jury is from out of town after this article regarding his priors. What about LJW's policy of not reporting the names of the accused until they're convicted. This zealous reporting may have not been a good thing ensuring the conviction of this scum.

Steve Jacob 10 years, 2 months ago

Maybe 25% of the town gets the paper or goes online, and maybe half of those would read the article?

skinny 10 years, 2 months ago

The LJWorld prints what it wants when it wants. The LJWorld is every inconsistent. They print the news when it benefits them and at times don't print the news at all depending who the person in question was. The "On the Records" reports the LJWorld prints half the time is empty. What a joke. If you want to find out what's going on in this town you have to read the Topeka Capital or KCStar.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years, 2 months ago

There was no actual sex crime committed, just attempted. If there was one committed they would have kept his identity secret to help protect his victims. In this case, fortunately the victim was able to do everything she was taught and escaped the jerk.

akt2 10 years, 2 months ago

At least the pervert is off the streets. He is a dangerous opportunist. What a wasted effort taking him to trial. All they can say about him is he has a prior record, likes to expose himself to little girls, and would kidnap and rape one if he had the chance.

hockmano 10 years, 2 months ago

Guys like that need to be locked up and thrown away.Sex offenders never get better, their crimes just escalate.I say we drive them all out of town!They are too close too our schools and daycare centers.When are people going to wake up?

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