Saturday, October 25, 2014

Schlotzhauer sentenced to more than six years in prison

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 8/25/2014

A 27-year-old Ottawa man has been sentenced to more than six years in state prison in connection with a 2012 underage sex crime involving a teenage girl.

Senior Judge John E. Sanders, El Dorado, sentenced Corey J. Schlotzhauer Monday to 76 months with the Kansas Department of Corrections. He was remanded over to the custody of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office while awaiting transport.

A 27-year-old Ottawa man has been sentenced to more than six years in state prison in connection with a 2012 underage sex crime involving a teenage girl.

Senior Judge John E. Sanders, El Dorado, sentenced Corey J. Schlotzhauer Monday to 76 months with the Kansas Department of Corrections. He was remanded over to the custody of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office while awaiting transport.

At Schlotzhauer’s arraignment in July, James Ward, deputy Franklin County attorney, said if the case were to go to trial, prosecutors would prove that Schlotzhauer entered the known victim’s home without permission in the early morning hours of March 2, 2012, in Ottawa where he awakened the girl in her room and proceeded to kiss and lewdly fondle her, some of which was witnessed by the victim’s sister. Ward said during an exam after the sexual assault, DNA samples were collected from the victim, and one of the samples from the victim’s right cheek showed Schlotzhauer was a major contributor, with the victim being a minor contributor.

The probability of the DNA sample being a Caucasian man other than Schlotzhauer was “one in 27 trillion,” Ward said, citing the lab report.

Before Sanders issued Schlotzhauer’s sentence Monday, the victim took the stand and read a statement.

In a clear voice, the victim relayed how the assault of March 2, 2012, had altered her life, causing her to lose friends because she had trouble trusting anyone. She said the ordeal had caused her a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety and that she hoped the prison sentence would prevent Schlotzhauer from ever committing this type of act again.

Looking at Schlotzhauer, the victim said, “I want you to understand this was all your fault. What you did to me was wrong.”

The victim was surrounded in the packed courtroom by Bikers Against Child Abuse members. Extra security officers also were present in the courtroom at the Franklin County District Court building, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa.

In a plea agreement worked out between the Franklin County Attorney’s Office and defense attorney John Boyd, Schlotzhauer pleaded no contest in July 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. At Schlotzhauer’s sentencing Monday, Senior Judge Sanders said he would honor the terms of the plea agreement.

Because Schlotzhauer, a registered sex offender, was convicted of a similar offense in 2005 in which he served time in state prison, prosecutors said he would qualify under the state’s persistent sex offender law to have his base sentence doubled. The base sentence for someone with Schlotzhauer’s criminal history would be 38 months, which was doubled to 76 months under the persistent sex offender guidelines.

Sanders also required Schlotzhauer to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life once he left prison, as well as be placed under lifetime supervision after his release.

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