A registered sex offender from Dodge City was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday on a charge of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.
A registered sex offender from Dodge City was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday on a charge of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child. William Beck, 54, entered an Alford Plea on the charge. By entering an Alford Plea, a defendant asserts his innocence, but also admits there is sufficient evidence against him. The charges stem from an incident involving a 2-year-old girl sometime between October 7, 2011, and October 14, 2011. According to court records, Beck was charged with rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, and aggravated indecent liberties with a child in December of 2011. Beck's past criminal history was determined admissible in court at the request of the state and played a part in his overall sentencing. Beck has a previous conviction of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child as well as two counts of sexual exploitation of a child for possessing child pornography in 2007. Per the order of the court, Beck completed a sex offender treatment program and was eventually allowed contact with his two minor children. Beck violated the terms of his probation in August of last year by failing to maintain full-time employment. Upon his release from the department of corrections, Beck will be subject to lifetime supervision and registration as a sex offender. His attorney, Louis Podrebarac argued in court that the post-release stipulations of Beck's sentence were "unconstitutional" because he could face a lifetime jail sentence if he violates the order. Assistant Ford County Attorney David Belling countered Podrebarac's claim by referring to Beck as a "perfect example of someone who should be ordered to lifetime supervision and registration post-release because he was on probation for three sex crimes against children when he was convicted of an additional sex offense." Podrebarac also noted Beck has been through sex offender treatment and rehabilitation to which Belling asserted the fact Beck had been convicted of another sex crime made it evident the treatment "didn't appear to have worked all that well." Beck made a statement to the court where he said he was sorry for many things, but primarily "that this case was even admitted to be presented before the court." The Globe does not print the names of victims in sexual assault cases.