Lawrence man sentenced to 3 years in prison for aggravated sexual battery; woman fears he will come for her baby
photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World
A Lawrence man was sentenced Monday in Douglas County District Court to three years in prison for aggravated sexual battery after having entered into a plea agreement that dismissed multiple rape charges.
Andreios Samuel Alexander, 27, was charged in May 2022 with three felony counts of rape of a woman, who was unable to consent due to mental deficiency, according to charging documents. The original charges are in connection with incidents that occurred sometime between November 2021 and March 2022.
Alexander began the process of criminal mediation with the state shortly after he was charged and reached an agreement with the state that dismissed the rape charges and instituted a single aggravated sexual battery charge, as the Journal-World reported. He pleaded no contest to the charge on Feb. 9.
Deputy District Attorney Joshua Seiden said during the plea hearing in February that a health care worker with Haskell Indian Nations University’s adult protection services reported to police on March 1, 2022, that a 33-year-old woman born with fetal alcohol syndrome reported that she had been sexually assaulted by Alexander.
During Alexander’s sentencing hearing on Monday, Judge Stacey Donovan rejected arguments from Alexander’s defense attorney, Michael Clarke, that Alexander should receive probation after hearing victim impact statements that were read to the court by District Attorney Suzanne Valdez.
“I fear he will find me or send someone to find me,” Valdez read from the statement written by Alexander’s victim.
The woman wrote that she is currently in constant fear and that Alexander threatened her to keep her silent during the time the two were acquainted and he was sexually abusing her. She said Alexander used to stand close behind her and threaten her not to tell anyone about what he was doing to her, and now she is afraid whenever someone stands behind her.
The woman said that since her sexual contact with Alexander that she has had Alexander’s baby and that she also fears for the baby’s life.
“Now that he’s gone, I can finally tell Mom. I realized I was pregnant. I am so terrified he will send someone for the baby. Please don’t let them have the baby. The baby will never be safe with them,” the woman wrote.
The woman added that she planned to put the baby up for adoption to keep it safe.
Valdez then read a statement from the victim’s mother that echoed the fear and anxiety the woman experiences every day.
“She is so scared to be home alone. She runs from a knock on the door. In public, she is constantly clinging to me. She still fears his threats that he would get rid of her or get someone to get her,” the mother wrote.
Alexander spoke briefly at the hearing and said he knew it was his fault that he was in court. However, he denied that he “ever made such threats” toward the woman, and he apologized to the woman’s family.
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Seiden asked the court to sentence Alexander to 38 months, or more than three years, and said that Alexander’s psychosexual evaluation showed that Alexander did not believe he was accused justly. Seiden said that in the evaluation Alexander strongly agreed with the statement that victims lie about incidents to bolster allegations and that Alexander believes that he is the “real victim” in this situation.
Alexander’s attorney, Clarke, said that Alexander could have been better prepared for the evaluation and worked to provide answers that would have looked better for the court. Clarke said that Alexander’s honesty on the evaluation was more conducive to an accurate report that would recommend real therapy solutions for Alexander to pursue if he were granted probation.
Seiden rebutted Clarke’s statement and said that despite an attempt at honesty in the evaluation, there has been no follow-up and that Alexander has not shown that he has a plan for therapy or even a stable home life if he were to be released.
Donovan sentenced Alexander to 36 months, or three years, in prison and said that without a clear plan in place, releasing Alexander would not lead to his success. She said she understood that the defense and the state worked hard to negotiate the plea agreement but that there was no specific consideration in the agreement for what Alexander’s sentence should be.
“I don’t know much about your relationship with (the woman) but we know how it ended. The court needs to consider the impact on (her),” Donovan said.
After the hearing, Alexander was returned to the Douglas County jail, where he has been in custody on a $75,000 cash or surety bond since his arrest in May 2022. Alexander is required to register as a sex offender for 25 years as part of his plea agreement.
photo by: Mugshot courtesy of KBI Sex Offenders Registry