Hudson A Kansas judge has ordered a man who has admitted molesting a boy to post signs around his house and a decal on his car proclaiming that he is a sex offender.
Leroy Schad, 72, pleaded guilty in March 2007 of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.
As part of his sentence, District Judge Ron Svaty ordered Schad to post the signs on his house and on his vehicle during his five years of probation and house arrest.
Hand-painted wooden signs reading "A Sex Offender Lives Here" are posted on all four sides of the his white house in this small central Kansas town of about 150 people. On his vehicle is a large decal with bold yellow lettering reading "Sex Offender In This Car."
The signs went up a few months ago.
"It's been pure hell," Schad said.
The loneliness and isolation imposed by the house arrest are the toughest to deal with, he said, adding that the signs on his car have sparked threatening gestures from other drivers that sometimes concern him.
Schad was originally charged with four counts of taking indecent liberties with a 9-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy in 2005. As part of a plea agreement, the charges were dismissed and he pleaded guilty to the lesser count of solicitation.
Schad admitted that he molested the boy but denied the other dismissed allegations. He said he took the plea deal to spare the children the ordeal of testifying and to "get this over with."
With no prior convictions, Kansas sentencing guidelines for the offense range from probation to about three years in prison. Schad's underlying sentence, if he violates probation, is 3 1/2 years.
Svaty declined to comment on his ruling, citing Kansas rules of judicial conduct.
Defense attorney Joel Jackson said the signs were the judge's idea but declined to comment further.
Schad cannot appeal his conviction because he pleaded guilty, but he has appealed his sentence to the Kansas Court of Appeals. A ruling is pending.
"I know that was wrong," Schad said. "I know that I deserve something for that, but I don't think I deserve what I got."