Kansas trooper accused of sex crimes involving teens
The Kansas Attorney General’s office has accused a member of the Kansas Highway Patrol of sexual contact with teenagers. He has been charged with eight counts of sex crime felonies, including rape, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties.
The alleged sex crimes involved teen girls between the ages of 14 and 16. The occurrences of sexual contact were reported to have taken place in 2008, 2009 and 2011. While the case is under investigation, the trooper has been placed on a leave of absence. Meanwhile, he is likely suffering serious damage to his reputation.
While sex crimes against minors are very serious offenses, anyone accused of a crime is considered innocent until proven otherwise. But charges of sex crimes often bring with them social disgrace even before the defendant faces trial.
In this man’s case, he is likely to suffer more humiliation because he is a public figure and a member of a respected profession. Whether or not the trooper is convicted of these crimes, he will have to confront the stigma associated with the accusations in both his professional life and his personal life.
If convicted the trooper will most likely face serious penalties, which may include prison time and considerable fines. And under Kansas statute, anyone convicted of a sex crime is required to provide personal information for the state’s sex offender registry.
This means that the public would have access to information such as the trooper’s home address, place of work and photograph. While such registries can be useful in preventing and raising awareness about sex crimes, a convicted individual remains on the registry even after they have paid their debt to society.