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Basehor man pleads guilty to sex crimes involving children

Child sexual abuse statistics in the United States

One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
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One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

A Basehor man pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of electronic solicitation and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior in a case involving child victims.

William Lawrence Battle, 50, committed the crimes from 2013 to 2016, Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said.

Thompson said his office received input on the plea agreement from the families of the victims involved.

“We always listen to the family in matters like this,” Thompson said. “We understand how tough this entire situation can be particularly for children.”

Battle was set to go to trial June 17. The agreement means the child victims won’t have to testify.

The parties will request a 20 year prison term. Sentencing is scheduled for June 28.

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Katie Moore covers crime and justice issues for The Star. She is a University of Kansas graduate and was previously a reporter in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas.

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