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Lawrence man pleads guilty to attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child charge

January 13, 2012

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A 29-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty Friday to attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child for a December 2010 incident with a 13-year-old girl.

Brian L. Watson entered the plea, and defense attorney J.C. Gilroy said his client admitted to touching the girl but was interrupted before things could go any further.

Chief assistant district attorney Amy McGowan said prosecutors would dismiss a separate misdemeanor sexual battery case against Watson as part of the plea deal.

McGowan said the two sides would argue at sentencing over whether Watson should receive prison or probation. Gilroy said Watson will undergo a sex offender evaluation before the sentencing and that he would be required to register as a sex offender.

District Judge Peggy Kittel is scheduled to sentence Watson 9:30 a.m. March 2, and he remains free on bond.

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