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Schlotzhauer child sex case delayed; lawyer asks for monitor’s removal

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 11/6/2013

The preliminary hearing for a 26-year-old Ottawa man facing three felony charges in an underage sex case was continued Wednesday in Franklin County District Court.

Corey Schlotzhauer faces counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16, indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16 and aggravated burglary related to entering the child’s home with intent to commit a crime, according to court documents. The charges stem from an alleged incident March 12, 2012, in which Franklin County prosecutors assert Schlotzhauer had sexual intercourse and lewdly fondled a girl between the ages of 14 and 16 in Ottawa.

The preliminary hearing for a 26-year-old Ottawa man facing three felony charges in an underage sex case was continued Wednesday in Franklin County District Court.

Corey Schlotzhauer faces counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16, indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16 and aggravated burglary related to entering the child’s home with intent to commit a crime, according to court documents. The charges stem from an alleged incident March 12, 2012, in which Franklin County prosecutors assert Schlotzhauer had sexual intercourse and lewdly fondled a girl between the ages of 14 and 16 in Ottawa.

Schlotzhauer’s defense attorney, John Boyd, filed a motion to continue the preliminary hearing until his expert defense witness had a chance to review DNA samples collected in the case and write a report on those findings. Stephen Hunting, Franklin County attorney, told the court he had no objection to continuing the preliminary hearing.

Hunting, however, told Judge Kevin Kimball he did object to Boyd’s motion to amend Schlotzhauer’s bond terms to remove the defendant’s electronic monitoring device.

A protection from stalking order already has been issued against Schlotzhauer, which prevents him from having any contact with the alleged victim, Boyd said. The Ottawa defense attorney said his client had not violated that order in the 1 1/2 years since the allegations were leveled against him.

“The electronic monitoring is costing [Schlotzhauer] $400 per month,” Boyd said.

Hunting argued electronic monitoring should remain in place because Schlotzhauer was a registered sex offender with a previous history of similar crimes, he said. Schlotzhauer was released in 2011 from Lansing Correctional Facility after being convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 18, according to Herald archives.

Kimball took the defense’s motion under advisement and said he would issue a ruling on electronic monitoring and inform both parties of his decision. Meanwhile, Kimball said, all bond provisions would remain in place. The judge reminded Schlotzhauer he was not to have contact with the alleged victim or any witnesses in the case.

Kimball set a status conference for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 20 in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., at which time a new date for the preliminary hearing could be set.

Scholtzhauer remains free on bond awaiting his next court appearance.

Schlotzhauer was in the news this spring when he and two friends told authorities they discovered a woman’s body about noon May 6 under a tarp in a garage at 3197 Georgia Road, west of Ottawa. The victim later was identified as Kaylie Bailey. Three other victims later discovered, including Andrew Stout, with whom Bailey was said to be in a relationship, Steven White, who lived at the residence with Stout, and Lana Bailey, Kaylie Bailey’s 18-month-old daughter.

Kyle Flack, 28, stands accused of the four murders. He remains in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center, 305 S. Main St.

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