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Sexual predator case filed in Johnson County

Updated: 2013-08-28T05:26:36Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

Johnson County prosecutors have filed a sexual predator case against a convicted sex offender who was scheduled to be released from prison Tuesday.

Prosecutors allege that 69-year-old Edward Clarence Gipson poses a risk of committing additional sex crimes if he is not confined for care and treatment.

After being convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child, Gipson was sentenced in 2007 to eight years and four months in prison. Instead of being released Tuesday, he was taken to the Johnson County Jail to be held pending a ruling on the sexual predator action.

He was convicted of fondling a 15-year-old girl who was working alone in a Johnson County bookstore in 2006, according to court documents.

In seeking Gipson’s indefinite confinement for care and treatment, prosecutors allege that Gipson has “a mental abnormality or personality disorder” that makes him likely to offend again.

His first court hearing in the predator case is scheduled for Wednesday in Johnson County District Court.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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