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County judge considering release of child molester

November 1, 2011

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A Douglas County judge is considering whether a 32-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting two boys in Douglas County in December 2001 should be placed on parole or remain in custody for further sex-offender treatment.

Dale D. Patterson Jr. has been serving a prison sentence since he pleaded no contest in 2003 to two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy. Prosecutors accused Patterson of pulling a BB gun on the two boys and asking them to commit sex acts on him.

During a trial this week before Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild, prosecutors argued that Patterson should remain in custody to receive more treatment because doctors believe he is a high risk to re-offend because of a mental abnormality or personality disorder.

Andrew Bauch, an assistant Kansas attorney general, argued in court Tuesday that two experts who reviewed Patterson’s case said he was a risk to re-offend.

Bauch said the experts considered statements Patterson made to a detective about other possible male victims for cases in which he was never charged.

But defense attorney Carl Folsom argued it was improper for the doctors to consider those cases because any statements were hearsay and Patterson could not refute those allegations in court. Folsom said a defense expert witness, who didn’t consider those allegations, didn’t make a finding that Patterson was a pedophile.

Fairchild said he would rule later in the case.

Comments

kansasredlegs 2 years, 5 months ago

Would be interesting to read the comments if the article was about challenging a regulation that would require lifetime ignition interlock device on all vehicles and lifetime DUI license plates "drunk driver tags" for those getting even one DUI, even if diverted. I'm sure the blog would be filled with sob stories about how unfair it would be for one's mother, father, spouse, son, daughter to be ridiculed and labeled as such for life for "just" driving while impaired despite clear evidence that more deaths, destruction and injuries occur due to this scourge than all the scumbag pedophiles combined.

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oldvet 2 years, 5 months ago

Not only should he serve his full sentence, his imprisonment should continue after that under the "menace to society" laws...

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 5 months ago

Parole only if the miscreant leaves his wedding tackle behind in the lockup.

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moxibustion 2 years, 5 months ago

Are you kidding me? Sex offenders who prey on children are the worst offenders of them all, and the least likely to rehabilitate.

Using a gun to commit rape on children? I wonder what the judge would want if it had been his own children this man had assaulted.

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