Kansas Courts Reconsider 2008 Sexual Molestation Conviction

By: AP, posted by Justin Surrency
By: AP, posted by Justin Surrency

BUHLER, Kan. (AP) _ A lower court will reconsider the case of a former south-central Kansas high school debate coach convicted of sexually molested a South Korean exchange student.

Richard Young, of Buhler, was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison after being convicted in 2008 in Reno County District Court. Prosecutors said he fondled the 15-year-old student within days of the boy's arrival to attend Buhler High School.

But the Kansas Court of Appeals reversed the conviction last year, saying the trial judge improperly allowed evidence that Young had sexually abused his stepsons.

Now, the Kansas Supreme Court wants the lower court to reconsider its ruling based on a previous appellate court ruling addressing the admissibility of prior sexual crime evidence. The Hutchinson News reports that Young remains incarcerated.

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