A Great Bend couple arrested on rape and child abuse charges in 2016 have been sentenced in Barton County District Court.
Todd Lane Leech, 31, was charged and convicted of rape of a child under 14 years old, and Kristi Schwedes, 32, was charged with child abuse and other felonies. She was convicted of two counts of aggravated battery, and charges of child abuse and inhumane corporal punishment were dismissed.
Leech was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison, and Schwedes was placed on probation, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor said Tuesday.
Police said Leech was the stepfather of four children who lived in the 700 block of Morphy Street in 2016. Three of the children attended Eisenhower School and one was at home.
GBPD officers investigated allegations of child abuse when they were dispatched to Eisenhower Elementary School in 2016 after the three students accused their parents of physical abuse.
During the investigation, sexual abuse allegations also surfaced against Leech.
All four children, between the ages of 4 and 10 years old at the time, were removed from the home and placed in police protective custody.
Mellor said Leech was convicted in March and appeared in court for sentencing on May 26. The conviction stems from a crime involving one juvenile that occurred between June 2010 and June 2011.
At sentencing, Leech was remanded to the Kansas Secretary of Corrections for 176 months of confinement in the Kansas Department of Corrections. He was ordered to lifetime registration as a sexual offender and is subject to lifetime post-release supervision.
Leech was also advised that he could not possess firearms as a result of his conviction.
Schwedes was also convicted in March and was recently sentenced to 24 months of probation, with an underlying sentence of 12 months in custody.
A Lamar County man has just been indicted for multiple counts of sexual abuse of a child.
Douglas Lynn Stevenson, 48, was indicted for five counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, indecency with a child and possession of child pornography. The arraignment hearing is set for July 17 under Judge Wes Tidwell in Lamar County Courthouse.
Hearing set for Lamar County man accused of multiple counts of sexual abuse of a child Jun 13, 2017 Amanda Gohn
An Owensboro man accused of sexually assaulting a child is among 36 people indicted this week by a Henderson County grand jury.
Jeremy W. Whitledge, 41, was indicted on charges of incest, first-degree sodomy, first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse (all with a victim under the age of 12) and first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor (victim under 16).
Owensboro man accused of sexually assaulting a child among those indicted by a Henderson County grand jury June 14, 2017
According to Heber City Police, a local businessman who is the owner of Heber Bounce, a local bounce house rental business, and the operator of the Midway Ice Rink, was arrested and faces multiple first degree felony charges of child sex abuse.
As of press time, thirty-three year old Bryce Johnson, Heber, faces three counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child. However, the Heber City Police said that at least two more victims have come forward and additional charges may be pending.
According to a statement of probable cause, Johnson offered a 10-year-old boy $50 to pose for pictures while wearing his underwear. During the same encounter, the statement also said Johnson pressured the boy to have inappropriate sexual contact with another male juvenile at the home.
The victim told police investigators Johnson drove the youth home later and instructed the boy to lie to his mother by saying he earned the $50 helping with the bounce houses. The boy told his sister about what had transpired, which led to the authorities being notified.
The charging document says Police are also interviewing another boy, now age 12, who says another incident took place at the Midway Ice Rink approximately two years ago. The 12-year-old told investigators that Johnson touched him inappropriately while the boy worked for Johnson at the ice rink. The statement says Johnson asked to “cuddle” with the boy, asked him to “make out with him,” and told the boy he loved him. The boy says he was also paid $50 to pose for photos in his underwear and a shirt “like a model.”
Johnson is currently being held at the Wasatch County Jail on $100,000 cash only bond.
At Johnson’s initial 4th District Court appearance yesterday, he entered a plea of “not guilty” and requested a bail hearing. The bail hearing will take place later on this month.
Heber City Police Officer Xela Thomas says if anyone suspects their child has been victimized, or your child discloses abuse, please stop all questioning and contact Heber City Police Department Investigation Unit at 435-657-7971.
ST. GEORGE — A St. George man is facing four first-degree felony charges for aggravated sexual abuse of an 11-year-old girl.
Hamilton Reed Dayzie was arrested on the charges and is being held on $80,000 bail.
Detectives began investigating the case on May 16 after the mother of a 17-year-old St. George girl reported that her daughter had been sexually abused by Dayzie on multiple occasions, according to a probable cause statement filed by a St. George Police officer in support of the arrest.
The sex abuse had reportedly occurred at a St. George residence approximately six years earlier when the girl was 11 years old, the arresting officer wrote in the sworn statement.
The 17-year-old girl was interviewed at the Children’s Justice Center on May 25 where she disclosed illicit details involving four separate incidents of the abuse, according to the statement.
Dayzie met detectives at the St. George Police Department where he was interviewed. Dayzie denied the allegations and maintained he was “never alone” with the child, the officer wrote in the statement.
Dayzie was arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court accusing Dayzie of four first-degree felony counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child.
Judge John Walton, of the 5th District Court, ordered $80,000 bail for Dayzie’s release pending trial. Dayzie was found indigent by the court during his initial appearance Tuesday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Edward Flint.
As this report is published, Dayzie remains in police custody.
St. George man held on $80K bail in alleged sex abuse of 11-year-old girl Kimberly Scott June 14, 2017