Kansas Appeals Court Affirms Molestation Conviction

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A Kansas Court of Appeals panel found that there was sufficient evidence to sentence Richard Gonzalez, 71, to two sentences of 25 years to life.

Credit: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

An appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a man accused of molesting a 4-year-old girl at a rural Lawrence day care center.

The Lawrence Journal-World reported that a Kansas Court of Appeals panel found that there was sufficient evidence to sentence Richard Gonzalez, 71, to two sentences of 25 years to life for aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

The panel did order that Gonzalez's sentence delete the requirement that Gonzalez be subjected to lifetime electronic monitoring if paroled. The court said only the parole officials can order that condition.

Gonzalez was accused of molesting the girl during nap times in 2009. Defense attorneys had argued the girl has an overactive imagination and that investigators improperly interviewed her.


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