Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Former Ottawan in child sex case gets life

By The Herald Staff | 1/24/2014

BURLINGTON — A former Ottawa man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 40 years in a child sexual abuse case.

Alvin F. Houston III, 43, Lebo, was convicted Dec. 12 of one count of aggravated criminal sodomy and sentenced to life in prison Jan. 16 by District Judge Phillip M. Fromme in Coffey County District Court, according to a news release from the Coffey County Attorney’s Office. Because Houston was older than 18 and the victim was younger than 14, he was subject to the sentencing provisions of what is commonly referred to as “Jessica’s Law,” Doug Witteman, Coffey County attorney, said. Witteman originally filed charges against Houston Sept. 5, 2013, following his arrest related to an incident involving a then 4-year-old girl, the release said.

BURLINGTON — A former Ottawa man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 40 years in a child sexual abuse case.

Alvin F. Houston III, 43, Lebo, was convicted Dec. 12 of one count of aggravated criminal sodomy and sentenced to life in prison Jan. 16 by District Judge Phillip M. Fromme in Coffey County District Court, according to a news release from the Coffey County Attorney’s Office. Because Houston was older than 18 and the victim was younger than 14, he was subject to the sentencing provisions of what is commonly referred to as “Jessica’s Law,” Doug Witteman, Coffey County attorney, said. Witteman originally filed charges against Houston Sept. 5, 2013, following his arrest related to an incident involving a then 4-year-old girl, the release said.

Houston was convicted of attempted rape in 2000 in Franklin County against a victim who also was younger than 14, the release said.

“Because this was his second conviction involving the sexual abuse of a child, current Kansas law called for a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for a minimum of 40 years,” Witteman said in the release. “The fact he would have to live to be at least 83 before he even has a chance to get out of prison, coupled with the fact he would be subject to lifetime parole and electronic monitoring, makes me reasonably confident that he has victimized his last child.”

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