A 32-year-old Lawrence man accused of approaching children in September and making sexual comments to them on the Schwegler School playground wants to avoid a trial, his attorney said.
“I believe we’re working toward a plan here to get this case resolved without a trial,” said J.C. Gilroy, attorney for Antonio Nelson, who’s charged with one count of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child. Police said he did not touch any children and left the area. Officers arrested him days later.
Prosecutor Amy McGowan, a chief assistant district attorney, called it an unusual case and said Nelson would not qualify for care at a place such as Cottonwood Inc. But she said the two sides were exploring the possibility he could have limited work release from jail to go with his caseworker to look for placement in a program.
“Our goal is the same. It’s to try to find an appropriate place for him to live where the children in the community will be safe,” McGowan said.