Judge Dowd Departs For Two Sex Offenders

By: Brian Quick Email
By: Brian Quick Email

Judge Matthew Dowd has departed from sentencing guidelines in two recent sexual offender cases -- giving the offenders lighter sentences than recommended.

In the case of 76-year-old Harold Spencer, He actually pleaded guilty to indecent liberties with a six-and-seven year old child.

"I think the age of the defendant, his prior record and his support from his family and friends would lead the court to believe that this might have been an aberration or a momentary lapse in an otherwise good life, so i am going to depart," Dowd said in a transcript released by the court -- which you can find below.

Spencer received about 12 years probation.

The second case is particularly brutal. 325-pound Christopher Henderson-Brown was convicted of raping a 55-pound, five-year-old child.

The child needed reconstructive surgery to repair the physical damage.

Brown was sentenced to prison time...but less than recommended.

He will spend more than 12 years in prison -- as opposed to the recommended 13-and-a-half to 15-and-a-half.

Protesters will be meeting at the Shawnee County Courthouse Monday at noon to protest these decisions.

Some are also upset Dowd may be teaching at Washburn University this fall. Washburn's Jerry Farley said to his knowledge Dowd will not be working for the school.

District Attorney Robert Hecht says both cases will be appealed.

Judge Dowd's office did not return calls for this story.

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