A 40-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest Friday to sex crime charges against two children.
Stevie L. Stafford’s no-contest pleas were for two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child stemming from incidents involving an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.
As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, a third charge of attempted rape was dropped. Amy McGowan, chief assistant district attorney, recommended a sentence of 265 months in the case. Each of the charges carries a penalty of 25 years to life.
Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin set a sentencing hearing for 4 p.m. Oct. 12.
Stafford was arrested Oct. 4 after officers were called to Lawrence Memorial Hospital to speak to the boy’s mother about an incident that occurred the day before at Stafford’s residence in the 700 block of West 25th Street. The allegations involving the girl were more broad, and alleged Stafford molested the girl sometime between 2008 and 2011, according to prosecutors at a hearing in the case in 2011.