A Douglas County judge Friday convicted a 27-year-old former Lawrence man of aggravated battery in connection with a May 2010 incident in which a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted after a night of drinking.
Kellen T. Gangel, 27, pleaded no-contest Friday morning to aggravated battery as part of a plea agreement, which allows him to avoid going to trial on a rape charge.
Amy McGowan, a chief assistant district attorney, said prosecutors planned to present evidence at trial that on Gangel and the woman were out drinking on May 19 in Lawrence with a group of friends.
The woman alleged Gangel had touched her while they were inside a car and that later in a local apartment she awoke to him molesting her, McGowan said in court Friday.
Defense attorney Tom Bath told District Judge Peggy Kittel that as part of the plea agreement the two sides will ask the judge to sentence Gangel to serve two years on probation with 30 days in jail as “shock time.” He would also be required to complete a sex offender evaluation and follow all recommendations, but prosecutors will not ask the court to require him to register as a sex offender, Bath said.
Kittel is scheduled to sentence Gangel June 14.