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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Defendant sentenced to five years in molestation case

  • A rural Easton man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison in a sexual molestation case involving a 3-year-old child.
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  • A rural Easton man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison in a sexual molestation case involving a 3-year-old child.
    William C. Henshaw, 18, was sentenced Friday in Leavenworth County District Court for charges of attempted aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.
    The crimes occurred in September at a residence in rural Easton, according to court records.
    Henshaw pleaded guilty to the charges last month.
    As part of a plea agreement, Assistant County Attorney Cheryl Marquardt, who prosecuted the case, recommended that the sentences for the three charges run concurrent. This means Henshaw would serve the three sentences at the same time.
    "It's a presumptive prison case," Marquardt said during Friday's sentencing hearing.
    She also said Henshaw will be required to register as a sex offender.
    Marquardt noted the victim was very young. The prosecutor said the victim's mother indicated ahead of Friday's sentencing that she didn't want to make a statement.
    Henshaw's attorney, Joel Rook, joined in requesting concurrent sentences Friday, saying his client had a clean criminal history prior to the case.
    A relative of Henshaw also spoke, saying the defendant has had mental health issues.
    When given the opportunity to speak Friday, Henshaw didn't wish to say anything.
    District Judge Gunnar Sundby followed the recommendation for concurrent sentences, resulting a total sentence of 59 months.
    Sundby said prison officials will attempt to work with Henshaw regarding mental health issues. He said the Kansas Department of Corrections also had an active sex offender treatment program.
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