Sentence Set Aside In Kansas Sex Crime Case

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Supreme Court has set aside the 25-year sentence of a man convicted of multiple sex crimes.

The high court upheld the 2007 convictions of Gerald Gonzales on the crimes, punished under the state's 2006 ``Jessica's Law,'' which imposed stricter sentences for seven sex crimes.

But justices ruled that Sedgwick County prosecutors failed to prove that Gonzales was at least 18 years old at the time, which is required under the law. Gonzales is 30 years old. The case was remanded for sentencing.

The crimes took place between 2004 and 2006.

According to court records, Gonzales committed the crimes against two daughters of a woman with whom he was romantically involved. One of the girls suffered from cerebral palsy.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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