Archive for Friday, December 30, 2011

Man, 46, arrested on charges of taking indecent liberties with a child

December 30, 2011, 11:29 a.m. Updated December 30, 2011, 11:51 a.m.


Lawrence police arrested a 46-year-old Lawrence man late Thursday night on charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.

Kim Murphree, a police spokeswoman, said officers were made aware of the case shortly after noon Thursday. According to Douglas County Jail records, the man was booked into jail just before midnight after he was arrested at the police department’s Investigations and Training Center, 4820 Bob Billings Parkway. He was booked into jail on two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and one count of aggravated criminal sodomy. He’s being held without bond pending a decision about formal charges.

The case is still under investigation, and officers are working with Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services workers, Murphree said. Additional information about the case was not available Friday morning.

Cheryl Wright, a spokeswoman for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, said Friday morning prosecutors were reviewing the case and would have information about a charging decision on Tuesday after the holiday weekend. A judge could review the case over the weekend and set bond for the man.

The Journal-World generally does not identify sex crime suspects unless they are convicted.


Beth Bird 6 years, 3 months ago

"If Douglas County prosecutors file formal charges Friday, the man would appear in court in the afternoon."

Why wouldn't they file formal charges???

kusp8 6 years, 3 months ago

How old was the child?

Regardless of how old the child is I hope the book gets thrown at this guy.

Ken Lewis 6 years, 3 months ago

How do they get an arrest warrant without a decision on charges? So they just arrest him and hold him over the long weekend for the heck of it?

Bob Forer 6 years, 3 months ago

The police can obtain an arrest warrant without the formal filing of charges. All they require is probable cause, which is defined as a "reasonable belief that a crime has been committed." According to a U.S. Supreme Court case which name escapes me, extended restraints of liberty require a prior probable cause determination by a neutral and detached magistrate. Lower courts have generally interpreted an "extended restraint of liberty" to mean 48 hours or more. Since this is a long weekend and the defendant cannot be brought before a judge until Tuesday, the police probably decided to go ahead and obtain an arrest warrant so they could hold him until Tuesday without worrying about claims that his constitutional rights were violated. The police involved obviously are professional and know Fourth Amendment law. Good for them. I have seen this rule violated many times in the past in other jurisdictions.

buffalo63 6 years, 3 months ago

I would hope that he was arrested to remove him from the situation for the safety of the child.

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