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Former Lansing officer, school board member indicted on sex charges

William Brian Duncan

William Brian Duncan

January 6, 2011

Kansas City, Mo. — A onetime Officer of the Year in the Lansing Police Department has been indicted by a federal grand jury for attempting to entice a minor for illicit sex.

William Brian Duncan, 40, Leavenworth, a former Lansing police officer and school board member, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Tuesday’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Duncan on Dec. 30, 2010, and includes an additional charge related to traveling across the state line.

Duncan entered a not guilty plea at a detention hearing and arraignment on Wednesday and is free on a $15,000 appearance bond, according to Don Ledford, a spokesman for Beth Phillips, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

At the hearing, a federal magistrate judge ordered Duncan not to use computers or have any unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18, except for his own child.

The indictment charges Duncan with using the Internet to attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, and with crossing the state line to attempt to engage in a sexual act with a minor.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Duncan communicated online with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old boy. In reality, Duncan was communicating with an undercover law enforcement officer. Duncan corresponded with the undercover officer on multiple occasions in December 2010; many of the conversations were sexual in nature.

During an online chat on Dec. 28, Duncan began making arrangements to meet in person. Duncan drove to the meeting location the next day. When Duncan approached the location, he was pulled over by a Kansas City, Mo., police officer and arrested.

Duncan was an officer with the Lansing Police Department until November 2010. He had been a D.A.R.E. officer and coordinator of the Safe Kids program and was named Officer of the Year in 2008. A former Cub Scout volunteer, Duncan resigned from the Lansing School Board in November.

Phillips cautioned the charge contained in the indictment is an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force.

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