Hearing delayed in abuse case
A hearing for a Lawrence man accused of molesting three area youths has been delayed.
The 33-year-old's preliminary hearing originally was scheduled in Douglas County District Court for last Wednesday. But at his attorney's request, the hearing was delayed for two weeks, until 2:30 p.m. next Wednesday.
The man's court-appointed attorney, Sally Howard, said she hadn't had enough time to review the "voluminous number of police reports."
The man, who had been a volunteer who worked with youth at Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, is charged with 11 felonies alleging offenses against the male youths at the man's home in Lawrence between February 1997 and October 2000.
The Douglas County district attorney office has charged the man with eight counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child; two counts of criminal sodomy; and one count of aggravated sexual battery. The man remained in Douglas County Jail on Tuesday, in lieu of $35,000 cash or surety bond.
The Mirror generally does not name suspects in sex crimes unless they have been convicted.