Archive for Friday, June 17, 2011

Judge sentences Lawrence woman to 32 months in prison for child sex abuse

June 17, 2011


A Douglas County judge Friday sentenced a 23-year-old Lawrence woman to serve 32 months in prison for sexually abusing a 14-year-old child.

District Judge Peggy Kittel sentenced Leeanna R. Cheek to concurrently serve 32-month sentences on one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a child.

Cheek had pleaded guilty to the two counts in January. According to Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson’s office, Lawrence police detectives began investigating the case in February 2010 after they were contacted by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services about possible sexual abuse of the 14-year-old child.

Prosecutors then filed charges after they determined Cheek was involved in a sexual relationship with the child while living with the victim and her mother. Amy McGowan, a chief assistant district attorney, prosecuted the case.


ShePrecedes 7 years ago

I still tend to believe the woman's innocence, while I never did get the facts on the case.

99% of all child molesters are men. It is highly unusual for a woman to sexually molest a child, unless these is somehow a man in the picture, ... either collaboratively, financially or forcing it to happen.

This is extremely unusual, if indeed she did it all alone.

Amy Heeter 7 years ago

I know her From school and much as u would like to think this isn't true they say she plead guilty. I know she didn't have a easy life but that cannot excusr what happened.

ccheek 6 years, 11 months ago

You know what she was hardly ever there

Currahee 7 years ago

I find your comment completely sexist and offensive.

Beth Bird 7 years ago

It is irresponsible to say that just because she is a woman that she couldn't of done this. Women can commit crimes, even sexual ones, just like men. Please think before you post things like this.

honestone 7 years ago are probably right. Men are pigs. A woman would never do that...would she?

Don Whiteley 7 years ago

Absolutely! It's a completely obvious fact supported by all the research by NOW. Women are always innocent and men are always guilty. The offense doesn't make any difference.

conservative 7 years ago

@shepreceds, yeah i'm sure in all the cases of female teachers having sex with students it was done only because a male principal forced her. While it is more uncommon for a woman to perform these crimes it is far from unheard of. Occassions of woman on child sexual abuse probably go vastly underreported because while it IS abuse often teenage boys won't consider it to be abuse and won't report it.

equalaccessprivacy 7 years ago

What a sordid, dishonest, unsafe- for- decent humanity place, and the vindictive judges and dishonest prosecutors and conflict--of-interest law enforcement certainly don't help any.

TheStonesSuck 7 years ago

Yeah, get the predator he's a danger to the community!!!!1 Send this sicko away for life, I'm sure the guys in the pokey will have plenty to say about this!!! You know, I cant believe these men... wait a woman? Nice.

peace46 7 years ago

LJW - Is she serving one 32 month sentence or two? "CONCURRENTLY serve 32-month SENTENCES on one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a child."

George Diepenbrock 7 years ago

peace46, She is serving two 32-month sentences, but the judge allowed her to serve them concurrently or at the same time instead of consecutively or back-to-back. Basically she will serve a total 32-month prison sentence.

George Diepenbrock Reporter Lawrence Journal-World 785-832-7144

somebodynew 7 years ago

If you can convince a judge to order it. I wouldn't hold my breath on that one tho.

sad_lawrencian 7 years ago

32 months? That's a joke... if she was a male offender it would have been much higher. How about some equality in sentencing?

ccheek 6 years, 11 months ago

You all know what i'm her wife we been together for 6 a lil over 5 years its bull and everyone wanna blame her not the lil girl who wouldn leave her alone she was helping her bestfriend aw saving him out of the relationship ya'll are mean and messed up

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