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Prosecutors dismiss sex-crime charge

November 3, 2012

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A sex-crime charge against a 36-year-old Lawrence man was dismissed Friday by prosecutors after the victim was “deemed unavailable,” said a spokeswoman from Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson’s office.

The man was arrested in August after Eudora police investigated an alleged incident involving a 15-year-old child.

Prosecutors had charged the man with one count of indecent liberties with a child, as well as two counts of breach of privacy, or “entering with intent to listen surreptitiously to a private conversation in a private place or to observe the personal conduct of any other person.”

The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning prosecutors could later re-file charges.

Eudora police have said the alleged victim and suspect knew each other.

Comments

bearded_gnome 2 years, 1 month ago

the girl witness was deemed unavailable? poor girl, I hope she wasn't intimidated out of testifying.
ljwold: just what here does "deemed unavailable" mean in the real world? it does tend to leave the reader with some ominous possibilities.

The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning prosecutors could later re-file charges.

---good. I hope so. I've been dismayed too often by our DA.

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