Archive for Wednesday, November 1, 2000

Mayor’s trial date scheduled

November 1, 2000

A trial for Basehor Mayor John Pfannenstiel has been scheduled for Jan. 29 in Leavenworth County District Court.

At a hearing last Friday, attorneys and District Judge Frederick Stewart set the date. Attorneys said they expected the trial to span four days.

Following a preliminary hearing in early October, Pfannenstiel was ordered to stand trial on charges he had unlawful sexual relations with three inmates at Lansing Correctional Facility, where he had worked until August. The mayor has pled not guilty to the charges, as well as a fourth charge of bringing contraband into the prison.

In August, authorities leveled two sex charges against Pfannenstiel, who had worked as a sergeant at Lansing Correctional Facility. The third charge was added just before the preliminary hearing.

At the hearing, a prison investigator and three inmates testified about alleged sexual encounters between the inmates and Pfannenstiel. Pfannenstiel did not testify.

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