A Douglas County judge on Friday sentenced a 33-year-old Lawrence man to serve two years on probation after he pleaded no contest earlier this year to attempted aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.
District Judge Michael Malone in May had convicted Antonio L. Nelson of the charge, and prosecutors accused him of, over a two-week period in 2010, hanging around the apartment complex of a 10-year-old girl and attempting to entice her to come to his house to commit sexual acts. The apartment was in the 2600 block of West 26th Street.
Lawrence police said they initially arrested Nelson as a suspect related to a September 2010 incident in which 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 with the incidents with the girl.
Malone ruled that if Nelson violates terms of his probation he could be sentenced to serve the remaining four months of an 11-month sentence because Nelson had already served 223 days in jail before posting bond in the case earlier this year. Malone earlier had ordered Nelson to have no contact with children under the age of 18, and attorneys have said Nelson undergoes an annual evaluation for his developmental disability.