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Repairman on trial in indecent liberties case

May 14, 2009

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An appliance repairman for a Lawrence company is on trial, accused of exposing himself to a 4-year-old girl when he was on a service call.

The 59-year-old Baldwin City man faces one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child in connection with the January 2008 incident.

The defendant took the stand Wednesday in his own defense.

He said he’s worked for the company for 32 years and denied doing anything but tickling the girl’s foot as she sat on a couch inside her home.

The child’s mother was in another part of the house while the defendant was fixing the family’s dryer.

The trial started Tuesday in Douglas County District Court. Attorneys for both sides are expected to present their closing arguments this morning.

Comments

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 11 months ago

I doubt that charges were filed on a trivial compliant. Before you even call a repair service you should thoroughly vet them though the Better Business Bureau. This parent probably did not think in terms of the guy being a pervert when she let him in the house. It says the girl was sitting on the couch which I doubt was in front of the dryer so the guy had to have taken advantage of the mothers absence from the room, perhaps to use the restroom? When you let someone in your home, be they cable guy or repair guy, you don't think in terms of having to guard your child while they are there. We need some input from service repair companies as to how they vet their employees.

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parrotuya 4 years, 11 months ago

Does he have Dunlap's disease, too? There ought to be a law!

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yellowhouse 4 years, 11 months ago

Being in someones house is a huge liability!

As an appliance repair person, you could be attacked, or accused of damage, theft, blamed for a malfunction of the machine.

People sue because the machine floods the house after the repairman leaves. If a machine malfunctions after a major repair, there can be an enormous amount of damage.

I remember one lawsuit against a repair guy was because he fixed the lady's freezer and forgot to plug it in when he was done. She didnt check it for several days and claimed she lost $2,000 worth of food.

Another lawsuit was when an installed put in a dishwasher. A hose came loose and the dishwasher flooded. The water ran down the wall downstairs and ruined a gun collection that was hanging on the wall.

Insurance coverage is about $700. a month.

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yellowhouse 4 years, 11 months ago

The kid should not have even been in the room with the repair man.

When things are being worked on, there is a certain amount of danger that a spring or part could fly off or something could spark.

It seems to me this whole thing was irresponsible on the parent and the repair guy.

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gconfo 4 years, 11 months ago

What happened? Did he expose his butt crack (norge) while fixing the families dryer?

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