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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

moxibustion 3 years, 10 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.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

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

oldvet 3 years, 10 months ago

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

kansasredlegs 3 years, 10 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.

ferrislives 3 years, 10 months ago

Kansasredlegs, hijacking an article about a convicted sex offender to make a point about drunk driving makes no sense. That would almost be like trying to tie this guy's actions to the Obama administration's health care plan. If the subject of drunk driving bothers you that much, why not create a blog post? There are plenty of them on here, and plenty of comments on those as well.

signoflife 3 years, 10 months ago

I don't think she was hijacking the thread. Just making a statement about how other offenses don't carry the same punishments as sex offenders even though more people are affected by the type of offense, such as DUI's. People convicted of DUI's are pretty likely to reoffend too.

ferrislives 3 years, 10 months ago

I agree that too many drunk drivers, especially those that choose to do hit-and-runs, should get heavier sentences. But does that mean that sex offenders should not get heavier sentences as well? I believe that spending only 7 years in prison for forcibly raping two young boys at gunpoint is a travesty of our justice system, and sex crimes should be treated more seriously. He probably would have gotten more time for dealing marijuana, which makes no sense to me at all.

kansasredlegs 3 years, 10 months ago

You missed the point. My comment is directed at Registration and how comments generally are "Hang 'em High" mentality when it involves crimes for which the majority of the populace would never or could never conceive that one of its loved ones could commit. However, if the Registration would be for something like DUI which happens to "regular, normal" folk the comments would be how over the top and how unforgiving the system is when even dealing with a type of crime that causes more destruction to society than these scumbag pedophiles.

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