Archive for Thursday, September 24, 2009

Basehor resident enters plea agreement in sex case

September 24, 2009

A plea agreement accepted by a 67-year-old Basehor resident accused of sexually violating two Basehor children, ages 6 and 10, will keep the girls from having to testify in court.

Dorsey Aldridge Jr., 67, Basehor, entered into the plea agreement with prosecutors Sept. 17 in Leavenworth County District Court.

Aldridge pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.

In exchange for his pleas of guilty and no contest, the prosecution agreed to drop a second charge of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Both Aldridge's attorney, Christopher Joseph, and prosecuting attorney Cheryl Marquardt expressed their favor to enter into the plea agreement at a status hearing July 10 to avoid the children having to testify in court.

The maximum penalty for the first count is life in prison and is more than 10 years in prison for each of the additional counts.

Basehor Police arrested Aldridge June 19 after conducting an investigation into the allegations brought forth by the children and their parents.

During the Sept. 17 status hearing, Marquardt said the state possessed sufficient evidence to support the children’s reports that Aldridge approached them in May near his home and solicited sexual acts from and inappropriately touched both girls.

The mother of one of the victims said she felt ill after hearing the recap of her daughter's report.

“It makes me absolutely sick to my stomach,” she said. “I can’t even stand to look at (Aldridge).”

Joseph requested Judge Gunnar Sundby give the defense 60 days to prepare for the sentencing hearing. Joseph also asked for Aldridge to not be detained while awaiting his sentencing because Aldridge was not a flight risk, and the case would be better served if key witnesses did not have to be interviewed at the jail.

“I see no significant changes (in the case) to warrant a revocation of bond,” Joseph said. “It would be a lot easier for me to arrange witnesses if he could come to (them) instead of (them) coming to the jail.”

Marquardt said the prosecution did not oppose Aldridge remaining out of jail as long as the sentencing hearing was scheduled as soon as possible. Sundby decided against the 60 day delay and set the sentencing hearing for 9 a.m. Oct. 15. However, the judge agreed Aldridge could remain out of custody during the time leading to his sentencing.

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