Archive for Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Local teen faces sexual misconduct charges in Johnson County court

October 28, 2009

A 15-year-old Tonganoxie youth has a date later this year in Johnson County Juvenile Court on charges he inappropriately touched a Shawnee youth and committed misconduct against four others.

The teen was arraigned Monday in Olathe on one count of aggravated indecent solicitation and three counts of misdemeanor battery. His next appearance is Dec. 3.

According to Capt. Bill Hisle, a spokesman for the Shawnee Police Department, the charges stem from a May 26 report alleging misconduct by the 15-year-old boy, who at the time was a Shawnee resident.

Another Shawnee youth reported inappropriate touching by a neighbor, reports said.

In the course of their investigation, Hisle said, police uncovered alleged misconduct by the teen against four other Shawnee juveniles.

The alleged incidents were to have occurred between Dec. 1, 2008, and May 23, 2009, Hisle said.

A warrant was filed Oct. 16 in the Johnson County District Attorney's Office.

Asked about the amount of time between the initial report being taken and the warrant being filed, Hisle said such cases could be time-consuming for a number of reasons, such as locating individuals connected to the case.

“Typically in abuse cases like this, the victims are interviewed by Sunflower House,” Hisle said, referring to a child abuse prevention center in Shawnee.

Hisle said the youth was thought to still be a Shawnee resident when the warrant was filed, but he now lived in Tonganoxie.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office served the warrant Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Tonganoxie Middle School, where the 15-year-old is a student.

Johnson County officials declined Monday to say whether the boy was in custody in their county’s juvenile detention center.

According to Kansas statutes, aggravated indecent solicitation of a child is: enticing or soliciting a child younger than 14 to commit or to submit to an unlawful sexual act or to invite, persuade or attempt to persuade a child younger than 14 to enter any vehicle, building, room or secluded place with intent to commit an unlawful sexual act upon or with the child. It is listed as a level 5 person felony, which can carry anywhere from probation to two years for someone younger than 18.

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