Archive for Wednesday, January 3, 2001

Charges allege sexual abuse of three youth

January 3, 2001

A 33-year-old Lawrence man faces 11 felony charges in Douglas County alleging he sexually abused three boys.

The man, who has been a volunteer at Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, was charged in Douglas County District Court with eight counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child; two counts of criminal sodomy; and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

He remained in Douglas County Jail on Tuesday, in lieu of $35,000 bond.

During a hearing this afternoon, a preliminary hearing on the charges will be scheduled.

According to Christine Tonkovich, Douglas County district attorney, the charges stem from alleged incidents that occurred between February 1997 and October 2000.

"The charges we have filed involve three victims," Tonkovich said.

She said that she doesn't anticipate filing other charges against the man, based on information that Lawrence police have obtained.

When asked if other jurisdictions such as authorities in Leavenworth County were involved in similar investigations against the man, she said, "I can't discuss that right now."

The Rev. YongBo Lee, minister at the church, said that congregation members would meet tonight. At that time, meetings with counselors would be scheduled for parents and youth of the church, he said. But children involved in the alleged incidents already have talked with counselors, he said.

"We are going to have preventative training," he said.

The pastor said a young member of the congregation talked with him in November about the allegations. Then, law enforcement officials and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services were contacted.

The Mirror generally does not name suspects in sex crimes unless they have been convicted.

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