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Former Baxter Springs councilman and school crossing guard pleads guilty to child sex crimes

Updated April 8, 2014: 

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL DEREK SCHMIDT

Cherokee County man guilty of child sex crimes

COLUMBUS – (April 8, 2014) – A Cherokee County man today pleaded guilty to six counts of child sex crimes, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Stanley W. Pickering, 79, Baxter Springs, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sodomy, four counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of indecent solicitation of a child. Two of the counts were charged under provisions of Jessica’s Law, carrying a potential sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

Judge Kurtis Loy accepted the pleas in Cherokee County District Court. Sentencing is scheduled for June 2 at 1:30 p.m.

The case was investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorney General Christine Ladner of Schmidt’s office is prosecuting the case.

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Updated February 24, 2014:
  A judge has denied a motion by Stanley Pickering attorney to modify his bond.  Pickering is charged with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties, one count of aggravated criminal sodomy, two counts of aggravated indecent liberties and one count of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.

Bond remains at $300,000.

The preliminary hearing will be held in April.

Pickering is a former city councilman and school crossing guard for Baxter Springs.

Updated February 5, 2014:  NEWS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE

Stanley W. Pickering,79, Baxter Springs, was charged today with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties (Jessica's Law), one count of aggravated criminal sodomy, two counts o f aggravated indecent liberties (non-Jessica's Law), and one count of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child. District Court Judge Oliver K. Lynch set bond at $300,000. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 13.

The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office at the request of the Cherokee County Attorney. Criminal charges are merely accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Kansas Attorney General's Office and other involved agencies are bound by the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 3.6, Trial Publicity, and Rule 3.8, Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor.

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Updated January 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM CST - A Baxter Springs city councilman is facing child sex charges.

Authorities yesterday arrested 79-year-old Stanley Pickering, who is now a former crossing guard for the school district.

Pickering is held on charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, criminal sodomy and criminal threat.

Officials with Lincoln Elementary School issued a statement on Thursday saying none of the alleged crimes took place during the school day or on school property.

As of 11:30 a.m., the Kansas Attorney General's Office says formal charges have not been fired.

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL DEREK SCHMIDT

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's Office today confirmed that on Thursday, January 30, in Columbus, agents of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation arrested Stanley W. Pickering, 79, of Baxter Springs, on suspicion of aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated indecent liberties with a child and criminal threat. The investigation remains ongoing. Formal charges have not been filed at this time.

Any criminal prosecution resulting from the investigation will be handled by the Kansas Attorney General's Office at the request of the Cherokee County Attorney. Any charges that might arise from this investigation are merely accusations. Individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

Media inquiries should be directed to Clint Blaes, Director of Communications for the Kansas Attorney General's Office, 785-296-6115.

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Posted at 9:46 AM CST:  On Thursday authorities arrested a former crossing guard in Baxter Springs, Kansas.

The suspect is being held on charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, criminal sodomy and criminal threat.  Charges have yet to be filed.

Officials with Lincoln Elementary School issued a statement saying none of the alleged crimes took place during the school day or on school property.

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