Archive for Wednesday, March 7, 2001

Trial set on abuse allegations

March 7, 2001

A 33-year-old Lawrence man accused of molesting area youths will be tried in April on 11 felony charges in Douglas County District Court.

The man, who had been a youth leader volunteer at Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, appeared last Thursday in Douglas County District Court.

According to the defendant's appointed attorney, Sally Howard, the suspect requested a jury trial.

Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone set his trial for April 16. The judge scheduled three days for the trial.

The man is charged with eight counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, two counts of criminal sodomy; and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

The alleged acts occurred in the man's home in Lawrence.

At the man's previous court appearance, attorneys had said they were working on a plea in the case.

However, it appears those negotiations were not successful, and a trial has been set.

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

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