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Sex crime defendant’s attorney wants information about teenage accusers

February 14, 2012

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A defense attorney for a Shelter Inc. employee who faces three sex crime charges is seeking more information about the man’s teenage accusers, including their juvenile criminal history.

The 46-year-old man was suspended without pay from The Shelter after his Dec. 29 arrest. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office filed charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, criminal sodomy and indecent liberties with a child for alleged acts that began in October. The charges listed the victims between the ages of 14 and 16.

The man’s attorney, James Rumsey, during a motions hearing Tuesday said he planned to subpoena several agencies for records, including to determine whether the teens have had any psychological evaluations. The agencies likely would have been in charge of the teenagers who were placed with The Shelter Inc. as part of a child-in-need-of-care case, he said.

The Shelter Inc. has an office at 105 W. 11th St. and operates emergency residential care for Kansas teenagers who are placed through the court system. Staff members also assist law enforcement with juvenile cases. Rumsey said information about whether any of the teens have past adjudications for “crimes of dishonesty” would be important information for the defense about their credibility.

Retired Johnson County District Judge Janice Russell said the requests were fair as part of discovery in the case.

Douglas County prosecutors asked the attorney general’s office to handle the case because prosecutors work with the agency. Russell is also presiding over the case. The next hearing is scheduled for April 11.

The Journal-World generally does not identify sex crime suspects unless they are convicted.

Comments

Amy Heeter 3 years, 4 months ago

The judge is wrong. Federal confidentiality law protects and prohibits release of such records. Victims do not have to prove mental stability, when that is probably why they were victimized.

Steve Jacob 3 years, 4 months ago

But you also have a right to a fair trial, and that sounds fair to have the history of the accusers.

mawils 3 years, 4 months ago

Basically the attorney is making it sound like it's the kids faults or they are making it up. This is why so many people don't come forward about sex crimes. All this does is make the victim/victims feel guilty about what happened to them.

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