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Suspect in indecent liberties case expected to make plea agreement

July 11, 2009

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Basehor man appears in Leavenworth court

A Basehor man accused of alleged indecent acts with area children appeared in Leavenworth County court. Enlarge video

A 66-year-old Basehor man accused of soliciting sex acts from elementary school children likely will strike a plea agreement with prosecutors, according to the Leavenworth County Attorney.

Todd Thompson said Friday that he hopes to work out a plea agreement with the man so no children have to testify in court.

The defendant remains free on $50,000 bond, which has upset relatives of the alleged victims.

The man was arrested June 19 and charged in Leavenworth County District Court with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and two counts of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child. He then was released.

Before the man was arrested, Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley said, police officers interviewed the man and he confessed.

Prosecutors requested that the bond be increased, but were unsuccessful.

“I think it’s ridiculous that he’s out running free,” said the mother of one of the alleged victims. “We can still see him every day at the store or around town. He admitted the charges, and he’s still out. That just doesn’t make sense to me.”

During a hearing in front of District Judge Gunnar Sundby on Friday, the defendant was determined competent. Defense attorney Christopher Joseph had requested a competency evaluation for his client.

The defendant’s next court appearance is Sept. 10.

It is Journal-World policy not to name defendants in sexual cases unless a person has been convicted.

Comments

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 2 months ago

This is just plain wrong. I don't know what I would do if I had to see the molester of my child at the store or anywhere. I would think it would be devastating. If he admitted the charges then he is guilty.

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mrbig 5 years, 2 months ago

He's lucky it wasn't my baby... He'd probably wish he wasn't out on bond...

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mdrndgtl 5 years, 2 months ago

In Japan this is perfectly legal, been there done that... America is well behind the curve in this department...

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Angie Dick 5 years, 2 months ago

WOW.. Let a child Molester out on bond. What in the world is wrong with the court system? I agree innocent until prooven guilty.. But the guy said he did it. I hope he get's a stiff punishment.

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mdrndgtl 5 years, 2 months ago

Stiff Punishment? I get it, very nice...

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