A recently paroled 54-year-old Lawrence man who was convicted of molesting a Lawrence girl in the 1990s is back in state custody after admitting that he violated the terms of his parole.
Jan Lunsford, a Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman, said Christopher J. Saemisch faced an allegation last week that he viewed pornography. He was prohibited from doing so as a parole condition. Lunsford said he could not release more details about the allegation.
According to KDOC records, Saemisch was brought to the Douglas County Jail on July 26 and taken Tuesday to a correctional facility in Norton.
Lunsford said Saemisch had waived his right to a revocation hearing, essentially admitting to the parole violation. The state’s Prisoner Review Board will make a decision later about how long he must spend in prison for the parole violation. Lunsford said it is common for offenders to be sentenced to serve six months, but it’s at the discretion of the board.
Until February, Saemisch had spent about 13 years in prison after he was convicted of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, a 5-year-old girl, who also was a subject in dozens of pornographic videotapes he possessed. He also spent time in federal prison.
District Attorney Charles Branson had argued at a trial in February that District Judge Michael Malone should declare Saemisch a “sexually violent predator” so he could receive more treatment in state custody because he was likely to commit another sex offense if released. But Malone found that prosecutors did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Saemisch was likely to reoffend.