George Ketron, 52, was found guilty on charges of three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14 years, two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child between 14 and 15 years of age, and one count of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.

According to Ford County Attorney Kevin Salzman, the jury deliberated for about an hour before returning guilty verdicts after a two-day trial July 22-23.

The charges were from acts that had taken place as early as Jan. 1, 2016, and as late as Jan. 1, 2018.

"The acts were committed against several victims, some of whom were under the age of 14 years at the time the acts occurred," Salzman said.

Presenting the case for the prosecution was Deputy Ford County Attorney Kathleen Neff and Assistant Ford County Attorney James Crux.

Lori Jensen, a Garden City-based criminal defense lawyer, represented Ketron.

According to Salzman, the penalty for aggravated indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14 years is punishable by a sentence of life in prison.

"Aggravated indecent liberties with a child between 14 and 15 years of age and aggravated indecent solicitation of a child are severity level 5 person felonies, each punishable by between 31 and 135 months’ imprisonment in the Kansas Department of Corrections and/or a fine of up to $300,000," he said.

Sentencing in the case will occur following the completion of a pre-sentence investigation report at a later date.

 

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