A Leavenworth man has pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with his foster daughter.

A Leavenworth man has pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with his foster daughter.

Floyd W. Hardin Jr., 37, entered the plea Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court. He pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent liberties with a child who was between the age of 14-16.

The crime reportedly occurred in December 2016. The victim had been placed in Hardin’s Leavenworth home as a foster child.

The victim reported to her foster mother that Hardin had touched her inappropriately. The foster mother reported the incident to authorities, according to a news release from County Attorney Todd Thompson.

The Kansas Department of Children and Families reported the abuse allegation to the Leavenworth Police Department.

The victim was interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center in Leavenworth.

When questioned by law enforcement, Hardin reportedly admitted to inappropriately touching the victim, according to the release.

An additional charge of indecent liberties with a child between the age of 14-16 was dismissed Wednesday as part of a plea agreement.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the prosecution and defense each will be able to make its own recommendation for sentencing.

Deputy County Attorney Joan Lowdon said Wednesday that she believes 59 months would be considered the standard sentence under state sentencing guidelines because of a low criminal history score.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 9.

Defense attorney Richard Johnson said a forensic examiner will be testifying during the sentencing hearing.

Hardin is free on bond.

“We are grateful for our law enforcement and the fact we have a child advocacy center in this community,” Thompson said in a news release. “Yet, these are crimes we never want to see happen.”

The Leavenworth Child Advocacy Center, which conducts forensic interviews of children who are reported to be the victims of abuse, was briefly shut down last year. But it resumed its operations after First Judicial District CASA Association took over responsibility for the center.

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