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Judge gives 26-year-old Lawrance man jail time, probation for having sex with teenage girl

September 23, 2011

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A judge Friday sentenced a 26-year-old Lawrence man to serve 57 days in jail and three years on probation for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl over a seven-week period.

District Judge Kay Huff ordered Devin Rapp to follow strict probation guidelines, including participating in sex offender, mental health and alcohol and drug treatment programs.

Amy McGowan, a chief assistant district attorney, the victim and the victim’s family had asked Huff to sentence Rapp to serve 32 months in prison, but the judge followed an argument from Rapp’s defense attorney David J. Brown, who asked for the strict probation term.

“I do find that there are appropriate treatment programs which are more likely than prison to reduce the risk of offender recidivism,” Huff said.

Rapp pleaded no contest in July to one count of attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child after prosecutors accused him of having a sexual relationship with the girl at a west Lawrence apartment from December 2010 to Jan. 31. A specialist who evaluated Rapp said he would be a low risk to re-offend and that he would benefit from treatment out of prison, Huff said.

Huff said in her ruling that Rapp had harmed the girl and her family by his actions, and she ordered him to register as a sex offender for his lifetime.

The judge did rule that Rapp could be released to work at his fast-food job during his 57-day jail term. If he’s found to violate his probation, Huff could order Rapp to serve 32 months in prison.

Comments

Steve Jacob 3 years, 3 months ago

"the judge did rule that Rapp could be released to work at his fast-food job during his 57-day jail term. If he’s found to violate his probation, Huff could order Rapp to serve 32 months in prison."

Not to be mean, but if I am the manager of that fast food place, how can you employ a convicted sex offender?

Reuben Turner 3 years, 3 months ago

he is just recently convicted. pretty sure he has been working the job for awhile; duh!!

dozer 3 years, 3 months ago

Because cheeseburger, she is a true believer, meaning that her background is strickly defense oriented.

"So I found that you harmed this 14 year old, and now I'm gonna hammer you with 57 days in the Douglas County Jail!" WOOOOHOOOOO. What a joke.

somebodynew 3 years, 3 months ago

dozer has it correct. True Believer is how she has been described even before the judgeship and from personal experience I have seen it. And I agree with srj - he works at a fast food place and it is OK to be around all those young girls while on probation for a sex offense??? Not sure the judge thought too hard about that one.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 3 months ago

It would be best if this person could be rehabilitated rather than returning from prison and not be rehabilitated.

It can cost up to $100,000 per year per prisoner for room and board.

If this person is not employed how should he support himself?

somebodynew 3 years, 3 months ago

merrill - I understand a person has to work and am very glad that he is supporting himself, however; working at a job where a lot of young females work, or patronize, probably is not the best idea when that is what he apparently got in trouble for. I don't know any of the details about this case, but one of my questions is, where did he meet and get connected with this victim??? I think his probation might be easier to comply with if he isn't around the same situation.

dakotaloomis 3 years, 3 months ago

I have no clue where you got that $100,000 number, but that is factually incorrect.

Federally, it costs $28,284 per year to house an inmate. In Kansas, I believe the cost per inmate is around $72 a day or roughly $26,000.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 3 months ago

She'd be about 190 years old now. What was the question?

Fixed_Asset 3 years, 3 months ago

More like tragedy for the child, don't you think?

Sunny Parker 3 years, 3 months ago

Where was the girls parents when this all happened?

08Champs 3 years, 3 months ago

If it's illegal to have sex with a 14 year old child, then it's sexual assault or rape. It's NOT a "RELATIONSHIP." If that was the term used in court, then shame on them. If it's the reporter's take on what happened, that's irresponsible to say the least.

Centerville 3 years, 3 months ago

If you don't like the term "rape" and you don't like the term "relationship", just Kathleen Sebelius' term for it: "Romeo and Juliet". Simple. No problem.

08Champs 3 years, 3 months ago

I don't understand what you are implying - "Romeo and Juliet" means two 14 years olds thought they were mature enough to have sex. A 26 year old and a 14 year old makes him a pedophile rapist. Try to focus on the crime and leave your political rant out of it. My best wishes to the victim on her recovery.

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