Lawrence man charged with 3 felonies for alleged sex crimes involving a minor

photo by: Journal-World File Photo

In this file photo from Aug. 4, 2020, a Lawrence Police Department patrol vehicle is pictured outside the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.

A Lawrence man is facing multiple felony charges for alleged sexual contact with a 14-year-old.

Trey L. Gibson, 19, was formally charged Thursday in Douglas County District Court with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one for sexual intercourse and the other for lewd fondling. He was also charged with one count of criminal sodomy. All three are felonies.

Gibson was arrested around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday. Patrick Compton, a spokesman for the Lawrence Police Department, said the arrest was made after an investigation by LPD’s special victims unit. Because the alleged crime involves a child, Compton declined to provide further information.

According to a charging document provided to the Journal-World, the charges stem from incidents that occurred during the month of January, when the unnamed child was 14.

The aggravated indecent liberties with a child for sexual intercourse and the criminal sodomy charges are listed as level-three felonies, which come with a minimum sentence of 55 months in prison, about four and a half years, for offenders with little or no criminal history. The aggravated indecent liberties with a child for lewd fondling is listed as a level-four felony, which comes with a minimum sentence of 38 months in prison, a little more than three years.

Judge James T. George set a $90,000 cash or surety bond at the request of the prosecutor, who said Gibson has “extensive criminal history.” According to court documents, all of Gibson’s prior cases occurred when he was a minor. He was previously convicted of unlawful voluntary sexual relations and sexual battery in Douglas County’s juvenile court and sentenced to a year of intensive supervised probation.

Gibson’s next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office refused to provide the Journal-World with Gibson’s booking photo.

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