Archive for Friday, October 28, 2011

Former KU student sentenced to probation in sexual assault case

October 28, 2011


A Douglas County judge Friday ordered a former Kansas University student to serve three years on probation in connection with a case in which a woman alleged she was sexually assaulted at a fraternity last year.

Andrew John Hansen, 19, had pleaded guilty in June to aggravated battery and admitted that he had touched the 18-year-old woman in her vaginal area the night of Aug. 21.

Prosecutors initially charged Hansen, who is no longer a KU student, with one count of rape, which carried a more severe punishment. The female KU student, who is now 19, reported to Lawrence police that she was at the Delta Chi fraternity house, 1245 West Campus Road, and fell asleep in a room there.

McGowan said prosecutors had evidence the woman woke up and alleged Hansen, who was an acquaintance, was touching her. Defense attorneys Tricia Tenpenny and Tom Bath have said both Hansen and the woman had consumed alcohol that night. The woman called Lawrence police the next day when she returned to her residence hall, and officers arrested Hansen after they interviewed him.

After his plea, Hansen had agreed to serve time in jail prior to his sentencing, and District Judge Peggy Kittel said Friday he had served 105 days in jail. Hansen also had undergone a sex offender evaluation, but he won’t be required to register as a sex offender.

“You need to understand how your actions impact you and everyone else,” Kittel said.

He’s also barred from consuming alcohol or drugs while on probation. Bath said Hansen hoped to enroll at a college in Missouri and that he would perform 100 hours of community service work.

The girl’s father said she had no malice or ill will toward Hansen and that his family wanted both sides to be able to move on, although it was a struggle.

“This wasn’t just a weekend event. It isn’t something she forgot,” he said. “It’s something that we’re working with as a family on a daily basis.”


cheeseburger 3 years, 11 months ago

Wow - the word 'probation' must have been the word of the day in the Douglas County judiciary yesterday. Seemingly every case reported on yesterday ended in probation. Other than a person's own morals (of which some people have little or none), where is the impetus to tow the line? Certainly there are few legal ramifications.

Jacks_Smirking_Revenge 3 years, 11 months ago

The only "impetus to tow the line" is violation means spending the rest of the sentence in jail. Probation is great as it allows a person to attempt to remain in society, and pay for themselves, instead of dumping them into an over-crowded, taxpayer funded hole. And before anyone jumps on the "they'll just re-offend" bandwagon, if they do commit another crime or violate the terms of their probation then they'll be on the hook for the new crime plus jail time for the old.

ebyrdstarr 3 years, 11 months ago

Assuming this kid had no prior criminal history, this crime severity level and criminal history would allow for probation in the sentencing guidelines. 5I is a border box on the grid, so probation is an entirely appropriate sentence according to the legislature.

Steve Miller 3 years, 11 months ago

Why does the article key on "former KU student " ?

yellowroselady 3 years, 11 months ago

WOW! A reasonable approach. At least they called him a "former KU Student" instead of a pedophile. If he had been put on the sex offender registry that is what he would be called and how he would be treated. There are over 750,000 registered men, women and children (as young as 8 and 10 in some states) on the "list" across the nation. The charges range from rediculous to the horrific. Then if you multiply that number by 2 or 3 family members that are judged by that same "registry" and treated according to the media and law enforcement hype that brings it to over 2,000,000 affected by the collateral damage of the registry. Women Against Registry dot com

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