Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Lawrence man faces single charge of buying sexual relations

March 17, 2017

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A Lawrence man was arrested Thursday nearly two years after he is accused of hiring someone to have sex with him.

James Harold Wallace, 58, turned himself in to the Douglas County Jail Thursday afternoon, according to the jail's online booking logs. He faces a single, misdemeanor charge of buying sexual relations.

Wallace is accused of hiring a person, who is not a minor, for sex on April 28, 2015, according to a criminal complaint filed in Douglas County District Court.

The jail's booking logs indicate the misdemeanor charge filed against Wallace is for a first offense. He does not have a criminal record in Douglas County or with the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Wallace was served with a summons in February and ordered to appear in court on Thursday afternoon, court records show.

During Thursday's court appearance Wallace was formally charged with the misdemeanor and pleaded not guilty. Judge Peggy Kittel then set his bond at $1,000.

After the appearance Wallace surrendered himself to the Douglas County Jail where he was booked and released on the $1,000 bond.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kristen Dymacek declined to release Wallace's booking photo to the public saying it is not "required to be disclosed under the Kansas Open Records Act."

Wallace is scheduled to appear in court on April 4 where a date will be set for his criminal trial.

Comments

Scott Callahan 4 months, 1 week ago

He paid a person of legal age to have sex with him. He was served a summons, appeared in court and turned himself in. This is newsworthy? Shame on the LJW for employing a talentless do-nothing busybody who scrapes the bottom of the barrel for stories. The whole Lights and Sirens/Crime column needs to be flushed down the toilet. What an embarrassment. I again applaud the DGSO for not releasing a booking photo and further humiliating Mr. Wallace.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 1 week ago

But I suppose it's okay for them to report the prostitute's arrest, right?

Bob Smith 4 months, 1 week ago

Don't like the news? Don't read the news.

Clark Coan 4 months, 1 week ago

I thought the J-W has a policy of not naming names for those accused of sex crimes until they are convicted.

Brian Woods 4 months, 1 week ago

Clark that only applies to any of them involving KU.

Bob Summers 4 months, 1 week ago

One has to higher someone for carnal knowledge? In Lawrence? Seriously?

Jenny Hutchinson 4 months, 1 week ago

So pathetic how the jail will cherry pick what booking photos they release.

Scott Mills 4 months, 1 week ago

All humans possess fundamental psychological needs. If we do not meet our psychological needs, we suffer, sometimes severely. Just like we need food, shelter, and sleep to survive, we also need to fulfill our psychological needs to remain mentally healthy and stable.

We all have psychological needs that can be narrowed down to four fundamental categories: 1 security, 2 self-esteem, 3 autonomy, and 4 connection. To be happy, stable people, we need to meet all four of these needs consistently. If we are not meeting these needs, our minds will actually begin to rationalize ways to get them met, even at the expense of our physical or mental health. James may have needed that connection so he paid for companionship. I don't know him personally, but he's 58, possibly needed a boost of self-esteem. If one is never able to meet their need for esteem, they will become chronically depressed and sometimes commit suicide. If one never meets their need for autonomy, they will fall into a state of codependence or learned helplessness. Needs that go unmet for long periods will absolutely damage us physically and psychologically. People develop neuroses, addictions, and even delusions to get their needs met. Social isolation is more harmful than alcoholism or smoking. Depression and stress are related to all sorts of terrible physical issues.

No one ever killed themselves because they were too horny. They do it because of a lack of connection or self-esteem. The fact is, as humans, we’ve actually evolved to use sex to meet our psychological needs, not our physical needs.

To Conrad Swanson and the LJW editors.... I can't begin to tell you how sick this has made me. My alias was Ron Chee, but not anymore. You have capitalized and redefined raunchy. This man has gone 58 years without having a criminal record. The "crime" was two years ago and he turned himself in. Why did you feel the need to subject this man to more humiliation. You're a sad excuse for a journalist and for a human.

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