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Jury convicts 68-year-old man of abusing girl at rural Lawrence day care center

January 14, 2011, 12:03 p.m. Updated January 14, 2011, 2:53 p.m.

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Richard Gonzalez

Richard Gonzalez

A Douglas County jury has convicted Richard Gonzalez of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl at a rural Lawrence day care center in 2009.

Jurors deliberated for about four hours Friday before they reached a verdict just before 2 p.m. They found him guilty of aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. He faces 25 years to life in prison on each count.

Prosecutors during the four-day trial accused Gonzalez, 68, of molesting the girl during nap time in summer 2009 at the day care center. The girl, who had started attending the day care earlier that summer, was eventually examined at a hospital, and investigators began looking into the case.

Defense attorneys had argued the girl has an overactive imagination and that investigators improperly interviewed the girl, which caused her to detail the allegations.

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MacHeath 3 years, 3 months ago

Hummm, seems like I have heard that name before... Don't remember in exactly what context however.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Castration on public display.

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ilovelucy 3 years, 3 months ago

Let's see...I'm reading the name of Richard Gonzalez. Am I missing something?

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 3 months ago

I would wonder why he went to trial if not for his age. The DNA evidence looked pretty overwhelming.

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janinks 3 years, 3 months ago

Oh please...the channel 6 news has been showing the accused and some of the wittnesses all week long on the 6:00 and 10:00 news! They give the accused name and show his face in the news, the business has destroyed itself already and this was the daycare providers father that's being accusedf! So, defimation against the LJW..I just hope they put the accused away for life!!!!!!!!

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janinks 3 years, 3 months ago

Oh please...the channel 6 news has been showing the accused and some of the wittnesses all week long on the 6:00 and 10:00 news! They give the accused name and show his face in the news, the business has destroyed itself already and this was the daycare providers father that's being accusedf! So, defimation against the LJW..I just hope they put the accused away for life!!!!!!!!

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consumer1 3 years, 3 months ago

interesting that the LJW doesn't name the person accused. But they will name the day care where the alledge incident was to have taken place. Which will destroy that business. And remember, these are only allegations until the jury come back to say one way or the other. I am not sure, but, I would hope the verdict comes back guilty for the LJW. Maybe someone who is an attorney can say whether or not this "Former" day care has a case of defimation they could file against the LJW???

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