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Previous offender reaches plea deal in child sex case

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 5/16/2014

A 27-year-old Ottawa man likely is headed back to state prison in connection with a crime involving underage sex with a young teenage girl.

Corey J. Schlotzhauer, a registered sex offender, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday afternoon, and District Magistrate Judge Kevin Kimball set the defendant’s arraignment for 1:30 p.m. July 7 in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa.

A 27-year-old Ottawa man likely is headed back to state prison in connection with a crime involving underage sex with a young teenage girl.

Corey J. Schlotzhauer, a registered sex offender, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday afternoon, and District Magistrate Judge Kevin Kimball set the defendant’s arraignment for 1:30 p.m. July 7 in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa.

Stephen Hunting, Franklin County attorney, outlined a plea agreement reached between the prosecution and Schlotzhauer’s defense attorney, John Boyd, in which Schlotzhauer would agree at his arraignment to plead no contest to one felony count of indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16 in exchange for prosecutors dropping two other felony charges in the complaint — aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated burglary.

The charges stem from an alleged March 12, 2012, incident in which Franklin County prosecutors assert Schlotzhauer had sexual intercourse and lewdly fondled a girl between the ages of 14 and 16 in Ottawa.

Hunting said the indecent liberties with a child charge would carry a presumptive prison sentence and that Schlotzhauer had agreed to serve time with the Kansas Department of Corrections. The length of Schlotzhauer’s prison sentence would depend on Schlotzhauer’s criminal history.

Because Schlotzhauer already had been convicted of a similar offense in 2005, Hunting told Judge Kimball he would ask that the state’s persistent sex offender statute be invoked that permits doubling of a maximum presumptive prison sentence.

Schlotzhauer was released in November 2011 from Lansing Correctional Facility after being convicted in October 2005 of having sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 18, according to Herald archives.

Kimball advised Schlotzhauer of his right to have a preliminary hearing on the three felony charges. The judge asked Schlotzhauer if it was his intention to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.

“Yes, sir,” Schlotzhauer said.

Schlotzhauer remains free on bond awaiting his arraignment.

Schlotzhauer was in the news last spring when he and two friends told authorities they discovered a body about noon May 6 under a tarp in a garage at 3197 Georgia Road, west of Ottawa. The victim later was identified as Steven White. Three other victims — Andrew Stout, Kaylie Bailey and Lana Bailey, Kaylie Bailey’s 18-month-old daughter — later were discovered.

Kyle Flack, 28, stands accused of the four killings. He remains in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa, awaiting a capital murder trial set for 2015.

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