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Lawrence man, 32, accused of soliciting children on Schwegler School playground

February 24, 2011

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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.

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Ray Parker 3 years, 1 month ago

No leniency whatsoever for predators.

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CeeJayy 3 years, 1 month ago

This shouldn't be happening teachers and principals should be making sure no one is on the playground before taking the children outside and if someone walks onto the playground during recess they should be immediately taken inside the building to prevent situations like these. School playgrounds need to be better monitored. If they don't start paying more attention to their surroundings a far more serious crime/incident could take place and they will be held liable. Teachers should be aware of where the children are and who they are talking to these things should not be taking place during school hours. And if they were were with their parents after hours the parent should be aware of the surroundings.

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CeeJayy 3 years, 1 month ago

This shouldn't be happening teachers and principals should be making sure no one is on the playground before taking the children outside and if someone walks onto the playground during recess they should be immediately taken inside the building to prevent situations like these. School playgrounds need to be better monitored. If they don't start paying more attention to their surroundings a far more serious crime/incident could take place and they will be held liable. Teachers should be aware of where the children are and who they are talking to these things should not be taking place during school hours. And if they were were with their parents after hours the parent should be aware of the surroundings.

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