Archive for Monday, June 20, 2011

Lawrence man accused of sexually abusing 5-year-old boy

June 20, 2011, 2:42 p.m. Updated June 20, 2011, 5:16 p.m.


Douglas County prosecutors on Monday filed an aggravated criminal sodomy charge against a 31-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old boy earlier this year.

Lawrence police arrested the man Saturday after initial investigation in the case that began April 24, said Sgt. Matt Sarna, a police spokesman. The boy’s mother alleged that the suspect had inappropriate sexual relations with the boy in a south-central Lawrence residence earlier that day. At the time, the suspect was the boyfriend of the boy’s mother, Sarna said.

According to court records, the case was filed under Jessica’s law, and, if convicted, the man could face 25 years to life in prison. Pro-tem Judge James George set the man’s bond at $75,000 during a hearing Monday and ordered him to have no contact with the boy or the boy’s mother if he gets out of jail.

Assistant district attorney Eve Kemple said it didn’t appear the man had any criminal history, but she said prosecutors believed the mother allowed him to be around the child after the incident was initially reported to police. The defendant told George he returned to the Lawrence residence after not hearing anything for several weeks from law enforcement, but he said he had not been around the boy.

The suspect had a Topeka address when he was arrested, according to Douglas County Jail records.

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


DRsmith 6 years, 11 months ago

This is about the funniest and useless sentence I have ever read on the LJ.

"The suspect had a Topeka address when he was arrested, according to Douglas County Jail records"

Good job George. Lord knows there are no pedophiles from LWC. Not sure exactly why this was even put in the article? Did you have to meet some kind of word count?

DRsmith 6 years, 11 months ago

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SuzukiBoyz242 6 years, 11 months ago

oh no DRSmith....thats so you can go to www . DGSO . org look at the date, use the information provided to take a peek at the name of the suspected, its their way of giving you the name, without giving you the name :)

Cimmy Redmond 6 years, 11 months ago

Which is apparently William Edward Roberts.

DRsmith 6 years, 11 months ago

So we have a Lawrence man with a Topeka residence?

Stuart Evans 6 years, 11 months ago

why would it be wrong? The man is only accused, not guilty. But since people like yourself, and the probably the inmate population, have seemingly made up their minds that he's a guilty pervert, then he's likely to be beaten or murdered before he has his day in court.

acg 6 years, 11 months ago

They don't put them in general population kusadgirl because inevitably what they are charged with will be known among all of the inmates and the other inmates will stomp a baby raper into the ground (as it should be).

If this sicko did this, he should be killed. He should go directly from the courtroom to the execution chamber with no stops for therapy or appeals. I'm so effing tired of these sick pervs!!!

kernal 6 years, 11 months ago

This is a problem all over the world. For instance, Thailand is rife with child slavery. Everytime I hear about a single American male spending any length of time in Thailand, I get suspicious. There are child sex slaves in this country as well. Since threat of imprisonment doesn't seem to deter these persons (think of an unprintable word), nor castration, is the death penalty the only solution to put a stop to this? Something has to be done and I don't have a humane and civilized suggestion to offer.

pizzapete 6 years, 11 months ago

Yea, castration and therapy aren't solutions to this problem. A quick trail and execution might not deter the behavior, but at least it would get rid of the person who commited this horrendous crime.

sr80 6 years, 11 months ago

How about just having to listen to you,that should be torture enough !!

jhawkinsf 6 years, 11 months ago

It seems like every other day there is a story like this. If convicted, throw these animals in jail and throw away the key. They are nothing but a waste of perfectly good air.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 11 months ago

There is no "rehabbibg" these people. The psychiatric/psychological community admits it. The recidivism rate is so close to 100% there is no "wiggle room". I actually cared for a serial pedophile in a nursing home at which I worked. He was released for "compassionate" reasons because he was so crippled he couldn't walk, his hands were so twisted he couldn't hold a spoon and he couldn't motivate his own wheelchair. The prison medical system could no longer meet his ongoing, chronic, medical needs. When released to the nursing home his DPOA was listed as his parole officer and the nursing home had to sign a contract that, despite his physical condition, he had to have a care giver one-on-one monitor him whenever a child was in the facility visiting and he was not to be permitted within 50 feet of said child.
As one person said, execution won't deter them but it will certainly get them out of the way and prevent them from ever doing it again. My own opinion is that they are a waste of good air.

beatrice 6 years, 11 months ago

"inappropriate sexual relations with the boy"

That statement is redundant. If he had sexual relations with a boy, then it automatically is inappropriate. There is no such thing as appropriate sexual relations with a child.

No penalty great enough for such a crime.

Thats_messed_up 6 years, 11 months ago

Lawrence the child molester capital of Kansas.

icantbeliveit 6 years, 11 months ago

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