Archive for Thursday, May 12, 2005

Hearing set for May 18 in incident at library

May 12, 2005

A 41-year-old Basehor man charged with a felony for an alleged incident at the Basehor Community Library appeared in court last week. Attorneys in the case have scheduled the man to appear again at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 for a preliminary hearing.

The local man is charged with a felony count of lewd and lascivious act and a misdemeanor count of lewd and lascivious act. The charges stem from alleged incidents at the library in which witnesses reported to police they saw the man fondling himself while at a computer.

The defendant appeared in court with an attorney, Aaron Racine of Kansas City, Kan. Roger Marrs, chief deputy to the county attorney, is prosecuting the case for the state.

In April, a woman reported to Basehor police that she witnessed the man acting inappropriately while at a computer inside the library. After an investigation, the man was arrested and charged in Basehor Municipal Court with one count of lewd and lascivious act.

After the initial report, Basehor police uncovered another alleged incident by the same man, this one occurring in March. Police consulted with the county attorney's office and arrested the man at his home inside a Basehor subdivision, located north of Parallel Road.

Prosecution of the original misdemeanor charge was transferred to district court and the additional felony charge is also beingtried there because the city's court system doesn't have jurisdiction to prosecute felonies.

Following the incidents, Basehor library officials banned the man from the library for life. They cited the man's failure to comply with library bylaws regarding code of conduct.

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