Archive for Wednesday, October 11, 2000

Mayor ordered to trial

October 11, 2000

Basehor Mayor John Pfannenstiel has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he had unlawful sexual relations with three inmates at Lansing Correctional Facility.

Following a preliminary hearing last Wednesday in Leaven-worth County District Court, Pfannenstiel pleaded not guilty to the charges and to a charge of bringing contraband into the prison. In August, authorities leveled two sex charges against Pfannenstiel, 38, a former sergeant at Lansing Correc-tional Facility. The third charge was added Wednesday before the hearing. At the hearing, a prison investigator and three inmates testified about alleged sexual encounters between the inmates and Pfannenstiel. The mayor did not testify.

After the hearing, District Judge Frederick N. Stewart set a pretrial conference for Oct. 27.

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