A judge sentenced a 48-year-old man to serve a nearly three-and-a-half-year prison term for trying to entice a Lawrence junior high student into his car and exposing himself to three other girls last December.
District Judge Michael Malone rejected a request from Stephen R. Stout's defense attorney to give the defendant probation and order extensive treatment for his habits of exposing himself to young women and children.
A jury in September convicted Stout, who is from Johnson County, of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child for trying to lure a 13-year-old West Junior High School student into his car. Before the trial, Stout pleaded guilty to three counts of lewd and lascivious behavior for exposing himself to three other girls that day.
Lawrence police detectives arrested Stout that afternoon, Dec. 20, 2007, after a short vehicle chase about a mile from the school.
Stout had already received diversion in a 2000 exposure case in Douglas County, and he received a probation sentence in Missouri in 2006 for a plea in a misdemeanor sexual misconduct case, also outside a middle school.
During the hearing, Stout apologized to the girls for his actions, and a mother of one of the victims said the incident deeply affected her daughter and the neighborhood.
Stout's attorney, Sarah Swain, said a psychologist who evaluated him said Stout would benefit more from a strict psychological and addiction treatment program outside prison.
But prosecutor Kevin Graham, an assistant Kansas attorney general, said the psychologist in his report noted that Stout admitted to exposing himself to others on dozens of occasions. He just did not get caught.
"This is a defendant who we know for a fact makes every junior high school ground and all the area around it a potential victimization site," Graham said.
Malone said he agreed Stout needed treatment, but he said because it was not his first offense, keeping Stout out of prison would still be a risk. "I cannot say it would be in our community's best interest," Malone said.
He sentenced Stout to serve 34 months in prison on the solicitation count, plus seven more months for the exposure convictions.
Stout did get credit for the 309 days he has already served in jail. He also is eligible for a 15 percent credit reduction on his sentence for good behavior, which is standard under Kansas law.