Basehor resident accused of soliciting sex acts deemed competent for trial
A 66-year-old Basehor man accused of soliciting sex acts from elementary school children likely will strike a plea agreement with prosecutors, according to the Leavenworth County attorney.
Todd Thompson said Friday he hoped to work out a plea agreement with the man so no children would have to testify in court. The defendant remains free on $50,000, which has upset relatives of the victims.
The man was arrested June 19 and charged in Leavenworth County District Court with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and two counts of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child. He then was released.
Before the man was arrested, Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley said, police officers interviewed the man and he confessed.
Prosecutors requested that the bond be increased, but were unsuccessful.
“I think it's ridiculous that he's out running free,” said the mother of one of the alleged victims. “We can still see him every day at the store or around town. He admitted the charges, and he's still out. That just doesn't make sense to me.”
During a hearing Friday in front of District Judge Gunnar Sundby, the defendant was deemeed competent to stand trial. Defense attorney Christopher Joseph had requested the competency evaluation for his client.
The defendant’s next court appearance is Sept. 10.
It is the Sentinel's policy to not name defendants in sexual cases unless a person has been convicted.