Archive for Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Local man pleads no contest to sexual exploitation charge

August 7, 2012


A 52-year-old Lawrence man Tuesday morning pleaded no contest to one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

Amy McGowan, a chief assistant Douglas County district attorney, said prosecutors had evidence Jerry Dale Kerr had exchanged text messages of a sexual nature with a 13-year-old girl last summer and received and possessed explicit photos of the girl.

“She was a friend of the defendant’s son, and that’s how he came into contact with her,” McGowan said.

Defense attorney J.C. Gilroy said Kerr would undergo a sex offender evaluation before his sentencing. Gilroy said he believed Kerr, who has no significant criminal history, would fall under a “border box” meaning the defense could ask District Judge Peggy Kittel to sentence him to probation.

Kerr faces a maximum 136 months in prison, but if he does fall under a “border box” his prison sentence would be between 31 to 38 months if he’s not granted probation.

Gilroy said prosecutors had not yet decided whether they would argue for probation or prison, but McGowan did say in court she opposed a bond reduction because she believed it best Kerr remain in jail until his sentencing.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop another exploitation charge and a more serious solicitation charge. Kittel scheduled Kerr’s sentencing for Sept. 28.


KansasLiberal 5 years, 6 months ago

Let's hope that the judge is reasonable and gives him probation or less, because we don't have the tax money to afford to lock people up for years in prison for silliness like this.

Kate Rogge 5 years, 5 months ago

Just how is sexual solicitation of a minor silly?

Kate Rogge 5 years, 5 months ago

Actually, a 13 year old child is ALWAYS a child who is incapable of making adult decisions about adult matters such as sex, legal contracts, gambling, military service, and any of the many adult things that adults decide (like not soliciting sexual conversations and photographs from children). Yes, she sounds like a fool, but the reason she may be a fool is that she's a child, not an adult making foolish choices.

And, yes, it is all of his fault. He's 52, forcryingoutloud. This isn't some Romeo and Juliet sex-texting. Why do you believe a 13 year old girl is an adult?

oldbaldguy 5 years, 6 months ago

How laws are out of wack. If there was no physical contact, this guy should not be looking at prison time. Different story if he did commit an act against the kid. I represent sex offenders on occaison, there needs to be balance in sentencing. I know it will not happen anytime soon.

08Champs 5 years, 6 months ago

Hmmm, jail the guy caught with a few ounces of weed, but let a pig like this wander about among the kiddies. If he did what the charges indicate, then this is not likely to be the first time he "crossed the line" and it won't be the last. Thank you Mr. Sandusky for making it so very clear once again that there is no "stop" in people like this. Yes, it's a sickness, but it's criminal. It's illegal to be breach quarantine when you have certain strains of tuberculosis....I don't think there's much difference here.

kernal 5 years, 6 months ago

How embarassing for his son.

I hope that girl's parents had a stern talking with her; she's got some problems if she's sending porno pictures of herself to a friend's dad. I'm SO glad I'm not the parent of a teenager these days. Soooo glad!

yesyouknowitsme 5 years, 5 months ago

I can assure you that jail/prison is where this pedophile needs to be. I am humiliated to admit i am related to this sick freak and i can only hope he gets the MAXIMUM sentence, he WILL RE-OFFEND, THIS IS NOT HIS FIRST TIME.

yesyouknowitsme 5 years, 5 months ago

Oh, and kansasliberal, i respect your opinion, but she is a CHILD, he is an ADULT and HE should KNOW BETTER!!!

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