A Douglas County judge Wednesday convicted a 33-year-old Lawrence man of attempted aggravated indecent solicitation of a child related to a September incident involving a 10-year-old girl.
Antonio L. Nelson pleaded no-contest to the charge as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Chief assistant district attorney Amy McGowan said prosecutors had evidence that Nelson over a two-week period would hang around the girl’s apartment complex in the 2300 block of West 26th Street and “attempted to get her to come to his house for acts that were sexual in nature.”
Lawrence police arrested Nelson in September as a suspect related to an incident when a man was reported to be making sexual comments to children on the playground at Schwegler School, 2201 Ousdahl Road, during an after-school program. After further investigation prosecutors charged Nelson in connection to the incidents with the girl.
Defense attorney J.C. Gilroy told District Judge Michael Malone he believed Nelson would qualify for probation. Nelson will register as a sex offender and would need to complete a sex offender evaluation as part of the plea agreement.
Attorneys have said Nelson undergoes an annual evaluation for his developmental disability and works with a caseworker through The Arc of Douglas County.
Sentencing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. June 23, but Malone granted Nelson a bond to be released from jail on his own recognizance because his mother has secured housing for Nelson. The judge ordered Nelson to have no contact with any children under age 16.
“If they’re under 16, I’m going the other way,” Nelson told Malone.