A 19-year-old from Dodge City plead no contest and was bound over for trial on a charge of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of sexual battery Friday.
A 19-year-old from Dodge City plead no contest and was bound over for trial on a charge of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of sexual battery Friday. Daniel Lira was originally held without bond following his July 2012 arrest, according to Ford County District Court documents. His bond has since been modified to $75,000. The charges against Lira stem from incidents that allegedly occurred between May 1 and July 25 of last year. The victim in the case was a13-year-old girl. The exploitation charge alleges that Lira encouraged the child to engage in sexual acts for his gratification. Sexual battery refers to sex crimes not typically covered by rape statutes, such as unlawful sexual contact. It was unclear what alleged events led to the sexual battery charges against Lira. As a result of his no contest plea, Lira is required to register with the state of Kansas as a sex offender. The penalty for sexual exploitation of a child ranges from 31 to 136 months in prison per count, depending on the defendant's criminal history. But the maximum sentence would be double the sentence for the most serious count. The penalty for sexual battery in Kansas depend on the charges and circumstances included but could result in up to a year in jail The case will be scheduled for arraignment and trial at a later date. The Globe does not publish the names of victims in sexual assault cases.